Le Marché St. George's Backyard Chicken Coop

Posted on June 15, 2012 by Luis Valdizon

If a regular person from your life were to tell you that they were getting chickens, and that these chickens were to run around and live in their backyard, it would be reasonable to have some concerns. But when Janaki told me, with one of the biggest smiles I have ever seen her wear, it just made sense. It fits in the Larsen-Roy family lifestyle.

Pascal was very excited about the arrival of these new friends, and he built a beautiful place for them to live. A simple and modern home, fit for little queens. His craftsmanship, intelligence and thirst for living a good life are things that I admire endlessly.

The birds were acquired from a close family friend and patron of the Le Marché, Nadine whose sister-in-law breeds very unique heritage chickens. Together, they handpicked four distinct breeds of hens that would coexist with each other harmoniously.

The large specimen with a white body and black head is Lola's, and her name is Dorothy, a Coronation Sussex. Janaki's is a Blue Orpington named Nimbus, because her grey feathers resemble a rain cloud. The smaller, feisty black and white one who belongs to Pascal is a Silverlaced Wyandotte named Stew, and while their size may not be comparable, their personalities share a striking resemblance. Lastly, our neighbour and family friend Abby claimed the petite brown Buff Wyandotte, appropriately named Miss Brown.

Lola looks forward to her search for fresh eggs every morning. The overwhelming envy of her upbringing that I feel, when contrasting it against my own, doesn't seem like it's going to stop anytime soon.

Photography & Discourse | Luis Valdizon