“After I was 5, I keep in mind the precise day I picked up a hen and cuddled with the fluffiest hen on the San Francisco Zoo,” says Dominique Leal of the Clucking Sisters as she remembers how her love of all issues chickens started. “For some purpose ever since I’ve wished my very own flock!”
Leal’s poultry desires now manifest themselves as a vibrant yard farm in California that serves as the house to over 20 chickens, plus a duck named Marshy. It’s a improvement she shares to the world below the Clucking Sisters Instagram account.
Taking a second out from chick duties, we spoke to Leal about growing her flock and why some chickens appear to assume that they’re actually canines in disguise. We additionally positioned the highlight on her resident duck.
Beginning the Flock
It seems that Leal’s mom used to lift chickens in San Francisco lengthy earlier than she, herself, was born.
“That’s most likely why I at all times wished to have my very own chickens at some point,” she says. “When the chance arose and a few of my household moved out of San Francisco in 2019, we went to Tractor Provide Firm and acquired a starter flock! We’ve been including on to the flock ever since.”
Are Chickens Canine in Disguise?
Leal says that since cultivating her flock, she’s discovered that chickens are likely to have distinctive personalities and behavioral quirks.
“A few of the unique flock is potty-trained as nicely and are part-time indoor,” she explains. “Some I feel really assume they’re canines and attempt to eat and drink out of our small canine bowls.
“They typically come over for hugs and like to cuddle, particularly when somebody is unhappy. It’s as if they will sense it and can come over to you.”
Attending to Know the Flock
With regards to the celebrities of the flock, Leal mentions Little Oreo has one of many strongest personalities. “She is imply as vinegar and can karate chop the larger women, even weighing in at one pound,” Leal says. “She positively can maintain her personal.”
Elsewhere within the ranks, Gigi is described as “very delicate when she walks and is just a little on the ditzy facet,” whereas a few Buff Orpington twins named Biscuit and Bunny are prime mischief instigators.
“These two get into probably the most hassle by teaming as much as steal meals and to interrupt into the backyard beds,” Leal says. “Our lead rooster Fritz is often looking out when they’re doing one thing naughty. He’ll cock-a-doodle if they’re about to get busted so as to warn them in time to make a getaway.”
Champion Egg-Laying Streaks
With regards to egg-laying consistency, Leal says that Fifi and her daughter Princess declare the longest steady streak for The Clucking Sisters.
“Each of them have virtually gone an entire 12 months laying, even laying whereas being broody,” she says. “The one break they every took was between two-to-three weeks on account of a molt!”
Learn extra: When chickens molt, the feathers begin flying!
Enter Marshy the Duck
At Leal’s farm, the charismatic Marshy the duck compliments the chickens.
“He really shares the flock management roles with our head rooster,” she explains. “They take turns all through the day for naps and being looking out for hawks and eagles.”
On a much less harmonious notice, Leal’s cats are generally susceptible to head-bopping among the chicks after a session rolling round within the catnip beds. “The women are extraordinarily dramatic about it and can cackle very loudly.”
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