Friday, August 8, 2008

Raising Chickens for Fun and Art

Raising chickens is so fun watching them grow, hearing their little chickie tweeting sounds become clucking hens.

This little chick is about a week old.

We live on 5 acres in the countryside. It's so beautiful here. There is much wildlife and I've seen quite a few: deer, rabbits, gophers, wild turkeys, red tail hawks, foxes, raccoons, skunks, frogs, and lizards. The black bear live in the area and have been spotted by neighbors as well as coyotes. Some of the mentioned are predators to my sweet chickens but we've taken care to house them safely.

We enclosed the outdoor run so the hens get outside safely from predators. My dogs wanted in on the photo op.

"Good Morning, Henrietta" was inspired by my chickens. Acrylic on canvas.


  1. Barbara,
    We have raised chickens for years for the eggs. They are so fun to watch, and to paint! I love painting both rooster and chickens. Ours live in a fortress to protect them from predators, too. The wildlife and nature around us is so inspiring!

  2. Barbara, this is such funny timing! We went away for a mini-break during the week and saw some chickens, which got us reminiscing about when I was young and our family had chickens. We even discussed the possibility of raising some more chickens in the future. What a lovely home you've made for them. I wish you the best with this endeavour!

  3. I really love little chicks. I remember when I was in primary school, I picked a chick from somewhere that still had half egg shell attached. I carefully took the shell off and put it in a warm small basket. I was so happy to come home to see it everyday and so sad when it finally died.

  4. Awwww.....I miss the chicks I had as a kid. They're so adorable!

  5. Hi Barbara,

    These are great photos ... and I love the painting!! Wonderful!

    ~ Diane Clancy


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