Paycen, my eldest son, has always enjoyed chickens. He first asked for chickens when he was 5 years old. We ordered an assortment from a mail-order catalog, and his love only grew from there. He began showing chickens in 4-H, where he worked his way all the way to state champion showman. He now has accomplished his goal and plays with them a bit more. We have a variety at any time. His nice show birds are blue and black English Orpingtons. This year he is a Junior in high school, and has not been as interested in showing his birds. We have some Americauna hens with a black English Orpington rooster, and we hatched some eggs from that cross last spring. Paycen likes his “new Orpi-caunas”. They are fun birds with a neat laced pattern.
Here are some buff Orpington layers digging in my green onion bed. That’s the smokehouse in the background.
This is what my counter looks like most days.
A handsome black English Orpington rooster.