This post is long overdue, but it’s time.

R.I.P. Olive <3

She was taken by a hawk on May 30th, 2018. She was so sweet and taken too early from this world. She is always loved and kept in our hearts.

We brought home Sweetpea, so Chickpea could have a friend. Chickens are very social animals and they need companions! They immediately bonded and grew very close.

They used to play-fight all the time growing up. Sweetpea established dominance very quickly – she was super sassy and loved running very fast. Catching her was nearly impossible! Chickpea was a bit more mellow and laid back. She was always ready for bed first.

They got increasingly fluffy every single day. Soon it became hard for them to see because of their poofy heads! They kept on bumping into things so we eventually trimmed their eye feathers. After a long couple months, they grew long silkie manes and super fluffy feet. They were fully grown after 5 months.

One day I heard a loud screech coming from outside. I thought my chickens were being attacked by a dog (because that has happened before). I ran outside to find nothing wrong. It turns out it was a little cock-a-doodle-doo. I didn’t realize it at the time, so I got really worried. It happened again the next morning so I ran save my chickens, however they both acted completely normal. It wasn’t until weeks later that I realized Sweetpea was a boy!

Chickpea started cock-a-doodle-doing a little later because he is the less dominant male. So yeah, this whole time I thought they were girls, but now I have two roosters! They wake me up at 6 AM everyday… and 7 AM and 8 AM…

Their favorite snacks through the seasons have been: cherries, grapes, avocados, strawberries, watermelon, tomatoes, plums, persimmons, pomegranates, pears, squash, worms, beetles, dandelions, clover and eggs!

Every night at sunset, they huddle by the door to be let inside. They sleep in a bin with bedding inside our house to be protected from predators.

I love being their mom, but now they are all grown up and too cool to be seen with me. They still love to cuddle, however they are aggressive toward certain family members.

Now that it is winter in Minnesota,