Are You Good with Names? because the chickens are here!

chicken coopWe now have a flock! Does that make us legit farmers or what? Every morning when I hear that cock-a-doodle-do I feel pretty legit! Chickens are fascinating creatures – I love watching them – especially the puzzled look on their face when I try to make the same noises they do.

Fortunately, our farm came with a chicken coop circa 1940s. The floor is patched and uneven with an abundance of cracks in the walls but the charm is undeniable. Because the previous owners had sectioned off a corner with 2x4s and wire it was easy for the amazing farmhand Adam to make some final adjustments while I test drove the new shop vac cleaning the floors.

masked me in clean coop


Next step: insert chickens.

Originally  we planned to get baby chicks and go the brooder route until we saw this

feed store chicken sign

hanging on the wall of our local feed store.

Enter Roy Autry, a poultry man for over 30 years!  The Autrys have been in this area since the 1870s with a rich heritage in the farming business. This is the kind of stuff I like – God leads us right to a treasure trove of knowledge! Be sure to check out their website here .

Since it takes about 5-6 months to go from baby chick to egg layer we decided to purchase older birds from Roy so we wouldn’t have to wait so long for eggs.  Our girls should start laying in about a month.

And now, without further ado, meet our flock!

We have 2 Buff Orpingtons, better known as the golden girls. Please say hello to Gertrude and Gladys. Gert and Glad are practically twins so if you get them confused don’t worry about it! They pretty much answer to either name especially if you have a treat in your hand.



Gertrude 2Gladys 2


Buff Orpingtons are usually pretty docile and as you can see quite fluffy. We have that in common, the fluffiness…


And this is Velma, our Rhode Island Red whose red is actually closer to mahogany.

Velma 2

She tends to be a little on the shy side but we are expecting many eggs from our little Velma.

Next, we have Mildred the Java girl. Mildred has shimmery black feathers, and like most Javas comes with great foraging skills.

Mildred the Java Girl

She does not register quite as high on the fluff meter as Gertrude or Gladys and while she seems a bit on the nosy side, is actually quite lovable.

No flock is complete without the crower himself and this is where we need your help because – –  he doesn’t have a name!

We certainly can’t call him roo for two reasons:

roo profile

1. It’s undignified

2. It’s too close to Ruwa, our Aussie’s name


roo front 1

So please, help us figure out a name! He’s been unidentified for over a week!

Mr. ____, [who at this time remains nameless] is a crossroo on the ground between a Java and a Buff Orpington. He has a beautiful orange-russet collar and black feathers which shimmer green in the sunlight.

roo and gladys

He’s protective of  his ladies and he’s got his cock-a-doodle-do down pat.

5 chicks at feeder

Now, quick, while they’re not looking

 send me some names!

My roo is missing his moniker and needs to discover his true identity!


Afterward, the children of Israel shall return and seek the Lord their God and David their king. They shall fear the Lord and His goodness in the latter days. ~ Hosea 3:5

15 Comments on “Are You Good with Names? because the chickens are here!

  1. Let’s call him Mr. Prime Minister! don’t know why – just popped into my head. LOL


  2. Dear Susan,

    What a wonderful post. I LOVE it. It certainly looks like your group is growing and that you are prospering tremendously. I have a name for the rooster. I’d like to submit Jesse because (Rm 15:12) “There shall come the root of Jesse, and He who arises to rule over the gentiles, in Him shall the gentiles hope. Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” You also stated that the rooster is a cross; cross between two breeds. So are we spiritually; Jews and Gentiles.

    I love YOU and love what you’re doing. Be blessed, dear lady. And, know that I’m praying for your success.




  3. I think Ricky Ricardo is a suitable moniker for a roo with the Golden Girls and gang. Especially when Ethel and Lucy show up!

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    • Daphne – thanks for stopping by! You will love having the chickens – I often go out just to talk to them and admire their feathers. Your suggestions were great, I’ll put them on the list! Blessings!


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