My Neighbors Chickens – guest post by Brandy Tanner

This is a guest post by Brandy Tanner who runs a NH Mom blog and is always looking to life as if the glass is half full instead of half empty.

Brandy's neighbor's chicken

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In August of 2011 I was given the chance to move back home to the house I grew up in with a pond, six acres and neighbors I had known since I was only five years old. I took this chance in a heart beat, after all I was in a position where I had to move and so why not go back home? My mom moved in with her fiance so the idea of having this place all to myself sounded fantastic! After moving the family into the home and getting settled in, we spent time trying to be neighborly with the older couple next door, after all he knew me since I was five why not be friendly?! Well it seems my munchkins are more interested in the chickens next door than being sociable with the adult neighbors, which makes perfect sense to me.

We soon noticed that our neighbors have chickens and wouldn’t you know my kids are used to going to Friendly Farm in Dublin, NH where they can hold chickens, so it was only natural for the three munchkins to attempt to get close enough to pick up our neighbors chickens. Let me tell you what, this was the most hilarious moment of my life! I loved watching those kids get bread and try to bribe the chickens into getting closer, but all it did was make the chickens grab the bread out of their hands faster.

Those chickens were pretty smart but obviously they haven’t been handled much because they just had zero interest in allowing my munchkins close enough to touch them, let alone hold them. While watching my kids go outside and spend time giving the neighbors chickens bread, talking to the chickens and really trying to gain their trust, I decided it would be awesome to get chickens of our own this upcoming Spring. After all my kids eat a ton of eggs, the three year old alone would eat a dozen eggs a day if I let him, so why not try to get chicks and handle them as a way to encouarge trust between the chicks and my kids? Of course I am thinking yummy eggs for breakfast and possibly dinner some nights, but the kids are more thinking along lines of new pets.

My munchkins love this idea of having baby chicks and getting the barn ready so that the chickens do not get upstairs into my mom’s storage area of the barn. It will take a lot of hard work and preparation, but I am looking forward to teaching my kids a little bit about farm life this Spring, even if we are simply getting some egg laying chickens for our scarmbled egg eating pleasure.

happilyblended.comYou can find Brandy blogging at Happily Blended, where she shares tips and advice on blogging, working at home, parenting and more.

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About the Author

Henrietta Newman is a self-loving empty-nester into smudging, nature, yoga, fitness, healthy living, hunting, camping, hiking, tech, video games, gadgets, recipes, reviews and more.
With a love for the outdoors and visiting local attractions in and around NW PA and Lake Erie, you never know what you'll find in my nest! Subscribe to A Hen's Nest so you don't miss the fun!



  1. 1

    I have a white leghorn in my nice coop. she got the attitude what I did. And she has a great funny personalities. Thanks Brandy, There are many people who love their chickens & spend more time with them. I hope your writing will encourage people to have chickens as their pet animal.

  2. 2 says

    I actually grew up next to a house that had chickens and a rooster, unfortunately my dog picked them off one at a time. Their prize rooster used to crow at ungodly hours, and this was in the suburbs mind you.

  3. 3

    Its really great to raised and have a different kinds of chicken, because it provide different kinds of need in our daily needs… I want to prepare fried rice with egg as my break fast…

  4. 4

    I live in the suburbs and my husband thought it would be a good idea to bring home a few chickens for the neighborhood. It turned out to be a BAD idea. Those chickens where making so much noise at all times of the day/night that they got a new home!

    • 5

      Chickens are definitely NOT a quiet pet! Our hens are often times louder than the roosters. They like to make it known when they’ve laid an egg! I do believe there are some varieties that are quieter than most though, silkies are very quiet birds!

  5. 6 says

    So I just had to look up what a silkie was, I never heard of them. Oh my gosh they look so cute and ridiculous. I saw a picture of one on Google and it was so feathery you couldn’t see its eyes!

  6. 8

    That sounds really fun to me. Some people in my neighborhood own chickens and we love walking our dog by them :)


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