Noodle - 2 Days Old - Black Australorp Chick
Noodle - 7 Days Old - Black Australorp Chicken
Noodle - 14 Days Old - Black Australorp Chicken
Noodle - 21 Days Old - Black Australorp Chicken
Noodle - 28 Days Old - Black Australorp Chicken
Noodle - One Month Old - Black Australorp Chicken
Noodle - Five Weeks Old - Black Australorp Chicken
Noodle - 35 Days Old - Black Australorp Chicken
Noodle - 6 Weeks Old - Black Australorp Pullet
Noodle - Six Weeks Old - Black Australorp Chicken
Noodle and Pepper, the Two Black Hens
Noodle - Eight Weeks Old - Black Australorp Chicken
Honey - 2 Days Old - Buff Orpington Chick
Honey - 7 Days Old - Buff Orpington Chick
Fuzzy Chicken Legs - Honey - 14 Days Old
Honey - 14 Days Old - Buff Orpington Chick
Honey - 21 Days Old - Buff Orpington Chick
Honey - 3 Weeks Old - Buff Orpington Chick
Honey - 4 Weeks Old - Buff Orpington Chick
Honey - 5 Weeks Old - Buff Orpington Chick

Back Yard Chickens!

We recently added a flock of chickens to our household, purchased from Pickering Valley Feed and Farm in Exton, PA. They were born on February 22, 2017, and we brought them home when they were two days old. They lived in a cage in our kitchen until they were big enough to go into the coop outside. 

We chose seven different breeds of chickens, and got one of each: Buff Orpington, Plymouth Barred Rock, Cochin, Barnevelder, Black Australorp, Ameraucana, and a Production Red. We worked hard on naming them something clever, and decided they should all be different chicken dishes, even though we don't plan on eating our chickens, just their eggs. We ended up with Honey, Pepper, Poppy, Sriracha, Nugget, Teriyaki, and Noodle. When the chicks were three weeks old, I saw a Blue Andalusian chick at the feed store that was the same age, and I bought her. It was an impulse buy that I justified by saying we needed a hen that lays white eggs, since the others lay brown. And, eight is my favorite number.

I have to admit, I am surprised at how personable and how unique they all are - they are truly all individuals. Honey and Sriracha seem to be the dominant chicks, Poppy and Noodle are the cuddlers, and the other four kind of do their own thing. 

I will continue to update this gallery as the chickies grow bigger! I plan on documenting them in photos each week, to show how fast they progress from baby chicks to egg-laying hens. New feathers appear every day, and I think they get a half inch taller each night. My kids just adore them, and each have their favorite ones. I look forward to many years of fresh eggs and silly chicken antics!

Keep up with these crazy chickens on my personal Instagram page, @barmby_farmby.


 Five year old with two day old baby chicks  Seven year old boy with baby chicken