4 Roosters, 2 Hens

☆ October 13, 2015


Try as I might, I could not get all four roosters in the same frame. They are currently figuring out their pecking order and are very hyperactive. But there are four of them, and they are identical! They will remain part of the Farmily.

The four yellow chicks all became roosters and the two black chicks grew into hens – one solid black, like their mothers, and one brindle. They are so pretty.


So, at this moment, there are/were 191 comments on the chicken contest post – of those, 15 had the correct answer. I added up the numbers attached to each correct comment and the sum was 1513. 1+5+1+3 = 10. AND, when I added up the numbers of each correct comment (comment 63: 6+3=9, comment 111: 1+1+1=3, etc) and then added those numbers together, the sum was 136. 1+3+6 = 10 again! KIM (comment #10) you are the winner! I’ll be emailing you directly.

Thanks for playing, one and all! Now accepting chicken names in the comment section…….


41 Responses to “4 Roosters, 2 Hens”

  1. hello haha narf
    October 13th, 2015 @ 9:36 am

    those boys are stunning!
    congrats to the winner. was fun to play along!

  2. Chris
    October 13th, 2015 @ 9:39 am

    Beautiful Birds! I’ll have to think on any names but I think one of the roosters should be named…Russell Crow! :)

  3. Mary P Lockett
    October 13th, 2015 @ 9:41 am

    All some of the prettiest chickens I have ever seen! What kind did you say they were? They should all have rock star names: Elvis, Rod Steward, Ray Charles, Lenny Kravitz, Tina Turner, Janice Joplin.

  4. Linda Kalend
    October 13th, 2015 @ 9:44 am

    I think there’s no other choice for the identical roosters than Eenie, Meenie, Miney and Moe!

  5. Jennifer
    October 13th, 2015 @ 10:01 am

    Do you remember the show Newhart? (If not, this post will make no sense LOL)

    For the roosters:

    Larry, Brother Darryl, Other Brother Darryl, Other Other Brother Darryl.

  6. Amy
    October 13th, 2015 @ 10:50 am

    Mick, Keith, Charlie and Ronnie for the boys after one of my favorite foursomes and Lily (Tomlin) and Jane (Fonda) after two of my favorite people on TV right now.

    And I love Jennifer’s suggestion (#5)!

  7. LJ
    October 13th, 2015 @ 10:53 am

    Congrats Kim!! They are all lovely – look at those colors! Great suggestions above on names, Ha ;-)

  8. Barbara
    October 13th, 2015 @ 10:54 am

    I know a lady that named all of her chickens in memory of beloved deceased aunts … how about Svensto in honor of her … ??

  9. Susie Brandt
    October 13th, 2015 @ 11:26 am

    Having done much work on ancestry.com to find “good” family names which offsprings might use come baby time, I assembled a list of “rejects.” They are interesting, but not likely to be attached to a human in the near future: Zadok, Minor, Chauncey, Abijah (males)
    Peaceable, Patience, Dorcas, Letitia (females). Surely you have a Zadok and a Patience among your flock.

  10. bonnie
    October 13th, 2015 @ 11:56 am

    i love the way young roosters strut around looking like they must have little leather jackets stashed somewhere. since they are identical, maybe you could just call them the james deans.

  11. Diane
    October 13th, 2015 @ 12:05 pm

    Wonderful! Thanks for the portraits.
    Good names so far.
    I think that if I were ever to have chickens (not likely, as we live in a city.. but, who knows?) I would name them after Shakespeare characters. (Lysander, Demetrius., Oberon, Puck.. Titania, Hermia… to name only some from midsummer night’s dream)
    Because I think chickens have more going on in their private lives than we give them credit for. ;)


  12. Kim
    October 13th, 2015 @ 12:45 pm

    You could name them all “Dave.”

  13. Kim
    October 13th, 2015 @ 12:47 pm

    Though “Sir Michael Carmichael Zutt” and “Sunny Jim” are kind of favorites as well :).

  14. Felyne
    October 13th, 2015 @ 1:44 pm

    I like #10 Bonnie’s idea of The James Deans; Jimmie D, James D, Jimmie Dean and Mr D. The girls will have to be Pier and Ursula I suppose.


  15. Sandy G.
    October 13th, 2015 @ 1:44 pm

    It’s so interesting to see how they grew up and changed. They are beautiful–I hope the roosters are not as mean as I have read that they tend to be, though? This city gal loves learning all of this about your farmily. I can’t thank you enough, but THANK YOU, Shreve! I will keep watching and learning (and enjoying)! :-)

  16. Tammy J
    October 13th, 2015 @ 2:12 pm

    barry, robin, maurice ( the BeeGees)
    lucy and ethel (for the ladies)

  17. Barbara R
    October 13th, 2015 @ 3:56 pm

    Cogburn, Foghorn, Leghorn and Vincent;
    Petra for the black hen; Simone for the brindle

    Beautiful all!

  18. bp
    October 13th, 2015 @ 5:30 pm

    i agree w/Eenie Meany, Mighty and Moe!

  19. mlaiuppa
    October 13th, 2015 @ 11:08 pm

    When they molt, do they lose their tail feathers?

    If they do, put them up in the shop!

    I love the iridescence of rooster tail feathers. I have a few I have been hoarding for something special. I did use some on a hat but saved the rest, having no source for more.

    Boy, you sure beat the odds with 4 boys and 2 girls. I guess the coloring should have given away the 4/2 split but I never saw all of the chicks at the same time.

    Do you worry the four new boys will clash with the current Master Rooster?

    Have you named any? Or will we have a naming contest next?

  20. mlaiuppa
    October 13th, 2015 @ 11:14 pm


    You mean Theobald and Wenceslas didn’t make the boy list?

    (My Grandpa was Theobald btw.)

    Tammy: The last Gibb brother is Andy.

  21. Claudia
    October 14th, 2015 @ 2:35 am

    Mama Knee Jerk for one of the hens. The big beautiful black one.
    Only 4:34 AM here and have just had a few sips of coffee so far. But that name just seems to fit her………………1

  22. Marg
    October 14th, 2015 @ 7:49 am

    I was joking around when I guessed 4 and 2, incredible ! By the look on her face even Daisy is amazed lol.
    Can you keep all four roosters? Won’t they fight over the hens? I’m such a city girl.

  23. Kat B
    October 14th, 2015 @ 8:10 am


  24. Nancys
    October 14th, 2015 @ 8:32 am

    Beautiful birds!

    My city will not let us keep hens. They had a 1 year pilot program in 2012 & only 5 of the 10 slots were filled. So nothing came of it. I bet if they tried it again in 2016 they would be overflowing with requests. More and more these days people are interesting in organic living.

  25. bp
    October 14th, 2015 @ 9:07 am

    The black one “Ebony” or “Sheba”, after the Queen of Sheba.

    I ike Red one. Can’t think of anything exotic for her.

  26. Karen
    October 14th, 2015 @ 9:15 am

    Question answered, yay! No name suggestions here, I’m just loving the continuing story of the ever-growing farmily-

  27. Kristy Waugh
    October 14th, 2015 @ 11:16 am

    Black Beauty, for the beautiful black hen obviously :)

  28. Theresa Szpila
    October 14th, 2015 @ 11:46 am

    They are absolutely gorgeous! I have no names to suggest, but I’m sure they will reveal their own names through their personalities.

    Thanks so much for sharing them with us!

  29. Foetle
    October 14th, 2015 @ 9:59 pm

    They’re lovely!!

    The black one could be Black Beauty or Beauty or even Beaut for short. And every Beauty needs a Beasty for her sister.
    Not sure about the gents’ names suggestions yet..

  30. Corrie
    October 15th, 2015 @ 11:44 am

    Kim, don’t forget “Oliver Boliver Butt”.

  31. Kelley Rico
    October 15th, 2015 @ 3:38 pm

    Wow. What GORGEOUS chickens…four roosters? Our landlady had 13 at one point and it was Not Pretty……but,names. Galileo, Schroedinger, Newton, Erasmus. Erasmus Rooster has a ring to it, don’t you think? Or they could be collectively the Four Singularities? Cockadoodle do!

  32. sybil
    October 15th, 2015 @ 3:53 pm

    Damn – I think that was my guess too. Congrats Kim and so sorry Shreve. Roosters. Chicken soup!?

  33. christine valle
    October 15th, 2015 @ 5:32 pm

    For the Boys: Since they will be ‘singers’ ode to the Beatles: John, Paul, George and Ringo.

    Girls: Joan Baez and Judy Collins..Keeping the musical theme going

  34. Deanna
    October 16th, 2015 @ 7:02 am

    Wow. 4 boys! Good thing you like early mornings.

  35. Di
    October 16th, 2015 @ 8:24 am

    Daryl, Daryl and our other bro’s Daryl

  36. Meg
    October 16th, 2015 @ 9:39 am

    Awe they are all so beautiful!! For the 4 boys I’m a bit of a nerd so I’d name them Leonardo, Michelangelo, Raphael, Donatello (Ninja Turtles!! Well and amazing artists!)

  37. Patricia A. Long
    October 16th, 2015 @ 10:03 pm

    Your four roosters are beautiful! I guessed just the reverse—4hens and 2 roosters!

  38. WendyB
    October 17th, 2015 @ 6:31 pm

    Well, the roosters could be Larry, Moe, Curley and Shemp. And the hens can be Laverne and Shirley. :D

  39. rockrat
    October 18th, 2015 @ 4:51 pm

    The iridescent blue tail feathers are are such a rich jazzy-looking color. They look smart.

    Can take a picture of how you keep Charlie away from the chickens?

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