Meet Our Hens
Our flock is much smaller than it used to. But we hope to add more chickens to our in the future.
We love our chickens so much and can honestly say that they are the best pets one can have.
The popular author Ryan Holiday, who has a farm in Texas recently said that chickens are the “gateway animals” and we couldn’t agree more.
So let’s meet our flock (in no particular order):
Champa is the symbol of beauty and grace. She is one of the most healthiest, clean and friendly hens in our flock. The inspiration for her name Champa comes the beautiful Indian actresses in the good, old days who were flirtingly known as “Champa Chameli”
If Champa had a wish, she would want to wake up in a bucket of plain organic yogurt everyday. Champa devours yogurt and it’s her favorite dessert. The probiotics in the yogurt are also the secret behind her health and youth.
Champa is an araucana chicken breed and lays beautiful pastel green “easter” eggs.
Krishna is the love of our life. She’s hen of all hens, the leader of the flock. Krishna is a persistent lady and knows her priorities.
The inspiration for her name comes from the Indian Lord Krishna who is known to play beautiful music on his flute. Similar to Lord Krishna, our hen Krishna makes melodious sounds every morning and has a tinge of blue in her feathers.
If Krishna had a wish, she would want to wake up next to a bucket of fresh, live snails that she could munch on all day, everyday. We find this gross but Krishna loves the crunchy snails.
Krishna is a black star breed and lays delicious pastel brown eggs.
If we decide to take an afternoon nap and hit snooze on our alarm, we know that our mischievous girl Snooze will be onto some destruction in the yard.
Snow White has an unusually large crop, which means she can stock up a lot of treats.
Snow White is the only pearl white leghorn that we currently have in our flock. She lays large white eggs every single day of the year.
Dadu gets her name from the little black puff under her chicken, known as “dadi” in the Hindi language.
Every year our hens molt, which means they lose their old feathers and grow new ones. After every molt, Dadu grows the softest feathers, so we lovingly call her “Puff Pastry.”
Dadu is an araucana chicken breed and lays elongated oval-shaped pastel brown eggs.
She was one of the three baby chicks that came from eggs hatched for a science project at school. Her two sisters died eating Cheerios. The owners decided it wasn’t their cup of tea to raise chickens and dropped Sonali off at our home.
Being the youngest in the flock, Sonali spent most our days warming herself behind our laptop and under the desk lamp. As a young baby chick, she sported a beautiful winged eyeliner that has unfortunately disappeared over time.
If Sonali had a wish, she would want to snuggle with us in our bed every night and spend her entire day inside the house.
Sonali lays cute little white eggs. In her free time, she likes to hang out with other chickens.
If Goldie had a wish, she would wake up in an extra-large bag of fresh spinach leaves. Goldies loves fresh greens. She rarely touches any treats with carbohydrates.
Goldie gets her name from her soft golden feathers. As a baby chick, one would think Goldie would turn into an ugly looking hen. Contrary to this false belief, Goldie is a beautiful, healthy bird that could win the “Miss America” title as a human super-model.
Goldie is an araucana chicken breed and lays high-quality, light green “easter” eggs.
Gurdy is beautiful hen and really bonded with our rooster Uggs, when we introduced her to our flock. When a new hen is added to the flock, it’s really hard for her to adjust as it disrupts the pecking order. Uggs and Gurdy spent almost three full days together, which helped Gurdy feel welcomed into our home.
We think Gurdy is a Maran breed. She regularly lays brown eggs with little freckles.
When we give treats, Gurdy’s wobble makes us smile. She is cute and we hope she will consider us as her friends sometime in the near future.
For the longest time, we thought Uggs was a girl until one day we heard his crow. Our neighbors love Uggs. It makes them feel like they’re in the countryside. Uggs starts to crow precisely at 4:32am every morning.
Uggs gets his name from the shoe company “Uggs” because of his feathery legs. Uggs is a cochin breed and doesn’t lay eggs (we wouldn’t expect him to).
Uggs is very protective of his ladies and will everything necessary to keep other humans and predators away from his hens.
In this section, we give tributes to our chickens who are no longer with us.
These chickens had an amazing life in sunny California. Due to medical issues or unforeseen circumstances, they passed away at a young age.
Bai got her name from my grandmother whom we called “Bai”, an Indian word for grandmother. Bai was a Rhode Island Red breed.
At the age of 17 months, Bai was egg bound, meaning an egg go stuck in her body. This led to medical complications and ultimately was the cause of her death.
In January 2017, she got sick as her lower body was filled with fluid. This lasted for almost nine months. During this painful period of her life, she couldn’t stand upright.
We named her Empress because her queen-like sitting posture, as if she was sitting on a throne and overseeing her courtiers.
Uggs Wadi unfortunately died of a sudden stroke. Uggs was besides during the final moments of her life.
Cotton Rose was a delicate hen with pure white and soft cotton-like feathers.
Surrender was brown-feather Rhode Island red. She was also our first hen to gift us fresh farm eggs.
Over her lifetime, Surrender became less friendly with us. We don’t think she liked us take away her eggs.
Hope you enjoyed meeting our flock. As I said earlier, chickens are amazing pets and everyone should considering raising them in their lifetime.
Do you have a favorite chicken story? Share with us your stories in the comments section below.