From choosing your breeds to create colorful egg basket to building the perfect chicken coop, getting into backyard chickens is a fun and exciting process. Many backyard chicken keepers even name their hens, feed them treats, and spend time with them snapping photos or taking home video. And while the experience is extremely rewarding, there are the less talked about, sadder sides of keeping a backyard flock.
As anyone with chickens will tell you, they have individual personalities. You might have the loudmouth hen who begs for a treat, or the sweet and docile hen who likes to be picked up, or the assertive hen who is always the first to investigate new additions to the run. Plus, if you have an assortment of breeds, you will also be able to pick out who lays what. You might put together a dozen eggs for a neighbor and lovingly point out that blue egg comes from your hen Gertrude, and that the chocolate brown egg comes from your hen Penny. You might even have special memories, such as the time you let your broody hen hatch out some fertile eggs, allowing you to enjoy watching her walk around your yard with her own little flock of chicks following behind.