These Adorable Sleepy Chickens Will Make You Smile

By , SparkPeople Blogger
Hello, SparkPeople Members!

I hope you had a great week! After a more serious topic last week about Seasonal Affective Disorder, I'm back this week with a lighter and fun topic: my chickens!

Have you ever seen a sleepy chicken? If not, read on and I'll show you some cute, sleepy chickens getting ready for bed. 

We have food allergies in our family, so my wife has been a hero (Mrs. SparkGuy to the rescue)! For the past two years, she has tended an organic garden in our backyard. Then, this spring, I came home to the "chirp chirp chirp" of baby chicks. I'll admit that I was skeptical at first of raising backyard chickens, but I was outnumbered 3 to 1 between my wife and boys. I had never been around chickens prior to this.

It didn't take long to realize that chickens are a lot more loveable than I thought (there are more than 100 breeds). When they were young, we spent a lot of time holding them and getting to know their personalities. We could tell quickly who was likely to be at the top of the pecking order. It was funny to learn that they really do have a pecking order from top to bottom.

Our boys named each chicken. The current ones are (in their pecking order):

1) Blackjack (her breed has a bossy reputation, so she keeps her flock in line)
2) Goldie
3) Penguin
4) Fluffy
5) Brown Bear
6) Snoozy

Brown Bear and Snoozy are our favorites. They are very cuddly and like to be held (usually). These two are best friends and always sleep together.

As of yesterday, four of the six hens are laying eggs. One of my most memorable moments with the chickens was hanging out with Brown Bear when she layed her second egg. It took about 15 minutes and then I saw the egg drop from her. She seemed happy, but a little vulnerable. Our boys like coming home from school and running down to gather the eggs. It's a great experience for them.

We are excited to add fresh eggs to our diet and try to feed the chickens healthy food, including some of our leftovers.

One of the funniest points about chickens is that when it starts to get dark, they walk into their barn and get ready for sleep. Sleepy chickens are a joy to behold. They become very docile and like to have quiet conversations with us when we go down to close up the barn.

If you click to visit my blog, I have a few short videos of me introducing the chickens and even a video of them getting ready for sleep.



Blackjack as a baby: click her to see short videos of me and the chickens!

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Comments

PENONE 10/3/2019
Hoping I don't delete this again
Welcome to backyard chicken raising.
We've been raising chickens for 4+ years now and it's very enjoyable.
We now have several breeds and 30 chickens, we sell eggs to friend's and family and it took three years but they pay for their own feed now. Love their personalities.
Did you know that the eggs in grocery stores can be up to 3-4 months old by the time it finally hits your plate.
I have recently acquired ducks and although their not at laying age yet I already have customers for their eggs.
Some people that have allergies to chicken eggs can eat duck eggs.
Happy farming.
Walk On 👟👟!!! Report
ROSSYFLOSSY
Smile indeed. Report
We have 2 chickens. We love them. They both are hens. Butterscotch is a little over 3 years old. She was hatched at school on May 5 2014. And Goldie Locks is 2 years old. She was hatched on May 3 2015. We treat them like on of us. They love to have campfires. They will come over and sit on your lap and cuddle (just like a dog or cat would). Butterscotch, she loves to race our daughter. They will line up and off they go. The chicken usually wins. They love to play in the dirt. Our two boys they love playing with the chickens in the dirt. They are part of the family. Report
Very cool! I raise chickens, too. Neat to know that you do as well. Report
Wow, Didn't know about this blog until I got my SparkMail this morning! A few days ago on my 50 Plus for All team I did a 10 Facts about Chickens.
1. Chickens slurp grass like spaghetti
2. Chickens LOVE dust baths.
3. Chickens have complex communication with specific meanings.
4. Chickens like to play.
5. Chickens talk to their unborn babies
6. Chickens are a lot more clever than you think.
7. Chickens are technically dinosaurs.
8. Chickens place great importance on building a private nest.
9. Chickens have excellent memories
10. Chickens are able to comprehend object permanence. Report
LESCANTOONOW
Good Morning Chris "SparkGuy" Downie,

WOW! You Have A Full Day, Each Day! And You Are Reaching Your Goals.
I Think That's Wonderful! Keep Up The Fantastic Work You Are Doing!

Until Next Time - Have A Wonderful Day, Take Care, And Stay Well.


ALL THE VERY BEST TO YOU,
LESLIE (LESCANTOONOW) Report
MKIRKLE
They are so cute and you are so cute with them!
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Loved your story! Great to hear folks are finding joy in the "farm life" of our ancestors! It is a lifestyle that involves work and "dirt", but one that helps reduce the stress of our everyday busy lifestyles!
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I loved the fresh eggs in the morning. Report
LADYOFTHEPILLAR
I grew up around chickens too, grandma and my dad raised them. We always had fresh eggs any time we wanted.
Bad week for me - lost my spark tracker and motivation but still manage to do steps with my phone. I hope my other spark tracker arrives soon. Report
Thanks for sharing how fun never knew Chickens were so much to have around
and sleepy chickens at that Report
PINKIE78
I've "pet sat" for chickens many times (which was a new experience for a city girl who moved to the country) and one of my favorite times of day is watching them get settled for the night. I love how they put themselves to bed! Amazing. Report
RAPUNZEL53
Very interesting! My son has been telling me for two years to get chicks but I believe it is not allowed in my development. Report
DIANABANKS
Hey Chris sparkly downy:
I know checks are fun to raise into chickens my mom had a banty rooster and she was the only one that could hold the rooster.we really liked the fresh eggs.we raised a bunch of chicks into chickens Report
DIANABANKS
Hey Chris sparkly downy:
I know checks are fun to raise into chickens my mom had a banty rooster and she was the only one that could hold the rooster.we really liked the fresh eggs.we raised a bunch of chicks into chickens Report