Pet Chickens: To Name or Not to Name? Do You Name Yours?

Do you name your chickens? Share their stories of their names!

I have a constant play-joust going on with a fellow chicken friend of mine, whose birds are for eggs and food. I NAME my birds, he insists that his are for food and for perpetuating a rare breed of Spanish birds. All of my birds are very carefully named, a sport I thoroughly enjoy, and, much to his chagrin, I named all his birds that my broody turkey hen hatched out for his breeding programme!

My small flock of Cochin/Serama/Silkie crosses, which I call "The GMT", short for Georgia Mountain Top Chickens, all came pre-named. A very dear friend of mine lost his 47 acres to foreclosure, and I drove down to help him move and brought back a lot of his chickens, turkeys, and some feral cats to place up here. I had to keep the GMT, who were named Boo-boo-roo, Goldie, Cucko, and yes, wait for it, Dorene. How can one not keep a chicken that was named after her?

I must have the world's most patient or bravest neighbours, who endure (among many other things) me wandering around the backyard, calling, "Dorene!  Where are you?  Dorene, it is time to come into bed now!" What must they think? I am afraid to ask.

My first two chickens, black tailed white Japanese Bantams, came into my waterfowl rescue group. I knew nothing about chickens, but knew these guys were going to be teensie, so I named (afraid of "Napolean Complex") the little rooster after my favourite Ottoman Emperor, Sulieman The Magnificent (Sullie for short).  I named the hen, his siter, Roxanne (Roxie for short). Roxanne was Sulieman's favourite hareem wife. When I lost Roxie to Mareks disease, I adopted a full sister of theirs but from another clutch and named her Moxie, hoping that she would be able to beat the disease.

Do any of you readers name your birds? I have a friend with a hen named Google (I think her then 9-year-old son named her) and an Ameraucana named Paris (she is so fancy). I adopted two Sebright hens from Bridgeton AC and named them Ruby Two Shoes and Luna(tic). Luna has since calmed down and is now Luna-Tuna-Fish. She runs with my two Heritage turkeys, Cricket (Royal Palm, named herself making cricket noises as a baby) and Bleu Belle (Spanish Black). Then there is my mutt Silkie from St. Charles AC, Moppit Stoppit. This little hen is constantly complaining and getting herself into trouble, hence her middle name!

Another friend has two little roosters, a Splash Silkie named Flash who thinks that he is a teensie human, and one of my favourite names, Trumpet–her little Mille Fleur. Both these birds were raised in her bathroom and are very human-friendly, and come running to their names when visited, I adore them.

So, fill us in with your birds' names, I bet there are some fun stories out there!

Buk buk buk buk,


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Mistti Ritter March 27, 2012 at 12:13 PM
Arnold,MO does not allow small backyards to have chickens. I wish the Patch would bring more attention to the politics of this issue.
Julie Brown Patton March 27, 2012 at 12:29 PM
Hi, Mistti Ritter: Chickens have been the subject of city officials' discussions and coverage in some Patch areas. For example, I've written about adjustments in laws in Eureka, designed to allow residents more flexibility with having chickens on their residential property: http://eureka-wildwood.patch.com/articles/chicken-related-ordinance-amended-in-eureka
Dorene Olson March 27, 2012 at 03:02 PM
Mistti: One of the thoughts that I planned on posting was about the various ordinances in different municipalities. I will get to that soon. Dorene
Mark Cockson March 27, 2012 at 07:58 PM
Hello, Misti Ritter: Richmond Heights recently went through an approximately 6 month process of education, debate, and consideration of the chicken ordinance. Our city fathers and mothers (council members) listened carefully to all sides and passed a very fair law requiring a permit and having limits on hens (5) and no roosters. The Patch (Http://www.clayton-richmondheights.patch.com) covered this in great detail and you can access those blog-posts by searching their site. On Thursday, March 29, 7:00p.m. at the Richmond Heights Community Center there will be a public presentation (everyone is invited) on raising urban chickens. Please feel free to come. regards, Mark Cockson
Jenna Brown March 27, 2012 at 11:20 PM
I am so glad I live in unincorporated St. Louis County. I would die with a limit of only 5 hens! Chicken math always wins in our household.


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