Our hens arrived at Oak View in April 2016 to the delight of the staff. 

A month later the chickens officially met our curious goats and settled in to their new coop, located beside the Tenant House. These ladies certainly love exploring their home and inspecting their goat “neighbors.” We have three different breeds of chickens: Buff Orpington, Silver Lace Wyandotte, and Ameraucana.

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Three of our hens are Buff Orpingtons, making it the most common breed within our clutch (group of chickens). Their feathers tend to have a more buff or sandy gold color. Buff Orpingtons typically lay eggs that are medium size and brown in color. Ours have big personalities and are hard to miss, as they appear to be the most curious and adventurous of the breeds. They are very busy and entertaining chickens that are always on to their next great adventure!

 

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Two of our hens are Silver Lace Wyandottes, the most photographic of the clutch. Their feathers are predominantly black with silver coloring spattered throughout. Silver Lace Wyandottes typically lay medium-sized eggs and are a creamy or brown color. They usually are the second ones to greet visitors with a cluck or two and are often seen running around with the Buff Orpingtons. Both of the Silver Lace Wyandottes will stick together when exploring in the yard or settling in for the night in their coop.

 
Lastly, we have two Ameraucanas, the most evasive of the clutch. Their feathers are predominantly brown with buff and black color mixed in. Ameraucanas typically lay medium-sized eggs, and the color is often various shades of blue. Our two hens are the most skittish of the seven and the least likely to approach visitors. While our Ameraucanas are shy, they still enjoy hanging around the goats and trying to find tasty treats after a rainstorm!
 
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Feel free to stop by and say hello to these ladies! The chicken coop is located next to the Tenant House.