Meet the Patch Chickens

The Maplewood-Brentwood Patch editor's backyard contains the four most recent participants in the ordinance to allow up to six chickens to live in a Maplewood backyard.

Meet Queeny, Alameda, Alfreda and Miss Whitey.

The girls arrived in a cardboard box from the a few weeks ago and were introduced to their new home, meticulously constructed to keep them safe from predators by land or air.

The Patch chickens were given the 32nd chicken permit by city hall to become residents.

The names:

Queeny is the queen. She holds her head high as she lords over her subjects.

Alameda and Alfreda look very similar and are always together, like the twin girls I knew long ago, though Almeda seems to be trying to get in good with Queeny lately.

Miss Whitey was named by the little girl next door, and it seemed to fit, so why not?

We're all having fun getting to know each other – no eggs yet.

Gary K Lee August 22, 2012 at 03:55 PM
Congratulations. There is definitely a learning curve. We have five in our back yard. It will probably be a few months before yours will lay eggs. I think ours were 5-6 months old when they started laying. We buy feed from O.K. Hatchery in Kirkwood and supplement their food with kitchen scraps and plants from the vegetable garden. They love greens and bugs. Mice are also tasty - they fight over them when they can get them.
Doug Miner August 22, 2012 at 04:15 PM
Thanks Gary - We've been experimenting with treats. They're pretty cautious about what they'll try. Mice - do you mean alive-running-around mice?
Cindy August 22, 2012 at 08:40 PM
Please keep us posted on their progress. We are still in the process of building our coop in Richmond Heights!
Doug Miner August 22, 2012 at 08:58 PM
I'm happy to say that today our chickens received a welcome to the neighborhood and a house warming present of "scratch" from "The Myrtle Flock."


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