Kiana Leeder is one of our young chicken-loving customers at CLUCK. We were astounded when she told us that her Instagram account – chickens 168 - has more than 5,000 followers, and it consists of nothing but photos of chickens. Recently she sent us a little narrative about how her chicken adventure started. It’s a fun read. And be sure to check out her photos.
Ever since I was little, I have always had a passion for animals and wanted to ditch the city life and move to the country. And when I was 13 years old we did! Within the first month of our big move we decided that if we live in the country we might as-well get some chickens. So for weeks we researched breeds, coops, and everything in between. Finally, on March 20th, 2014, we drove to Illinois to pick out 6 precious little chicks from a show-quality breeder of our favorite breeds to start our first flock! Then the thought dawned on us; we have fast growing chicks but no coop! We found that most coops are pretty expensive and a little small to fit six chicks, so we decided to build our own. We had an old shed that had no use so we gave it a little facelift and a polish and turned it into a coop. Then we fenced in the perimeter so our chickens could enjoy scratching for food and dust bathing without having to worry about predators. Since we started our flock, I have fallen in love with chicks, and all things chicken. I decided to give up eating chicken and later all other types of meat after seeing what cute things it came from. I also started my Chickens168 Instagram that day to post pictures of my chicks and other pets.
I have always been inspired by nature and animals, and I loved photography, thus my chicken Instagram was born. At first I thought it might get 50 or 100 followers, so I was shocked when it blew up to over 5,000 followers! I love taking pictures of my chickens and especially my rooster “Rosie” who loves all of the attention! I would sit out in my coop for hours on end if I could. My chickens have taught me how to truly appreciate nature and have a greater respect for all of Earth’s creatures.
Recently we decided to double our flock by hatching 11 chicks from an incubator, and this was such an amazing experience that I’ll never forget. We were so excited that we stayed up until 1:00 in the morning watching them hatch! Now the chicks are running around in a Pack ‘n Play in my room for the next six weeks, until they are old enough to join their parents in the coop. Recently we added our latest addition for the chicks, which is a special mini-coop that is attached to the main coop; this will keep them separated and protected from the adult chickens until they are ready to hold their own in the pecking order. Getting chickens changed my life in so many ways; they are always a joy to be around!