Acquired: Bred animal myself
Ashmore, Illinois, United States
Posted Jan 18, 2019
Peeper was abandoned by her mother as a chick, but she never looked back, she was fine being raised by my children and thought she was one of them. If the kids were digging outside, Peeper would be next to them scratching in the dirt. If I was weeding the landscaping she would sit by me scratch a bit and wait for worms which would get pulled up with the weeds. Peeper would wait to get fed by hand when people were around but was also just fine foraging on her own. She laid lots of large eggs and would always come and check on the family when given a chance. She had a great tolerance for heat and cold and was alert to hawks, often times sounding the alarm before the rooster would even notice what was going on. I would definitely recommend the Sussex Chicken breed as free range egg layers for their hardiness, large eggs and temperament.
Peeper had an unfortunate meeting with a red fox and is greatly missed.