Chickens

I promised you an update on the girls in the backyard so here it is! We finished the coop, in so much as a man who likes to build ever really finishes something. He’s got other plans to improve it. I’m pretty sure those girls have a nicer house than we do. I give to you Firefly Farm in all it’s lovely charm.

Our fancy nest boxes which of course the girls don't use. We are now working to turn them into feeders.

I love this coop. Travis did an amazing job just going from my simple plans. Thanks honey! The girls thank you too.

We ended up giving away our roosters. Dave, the bearded bantam, was both gorgeous and insanely comical (watching our little Napoleon run was enough to leave you in fits). However both he and Drummy started getting a little too roostery. Finny found himself on the losing end of Dave’s spurs a couple times.

Aww Dave, I miss you, you crazy little roo

I hate to say it Drummy, but Elizabeth does not miss you.

And then there’s the girls:  Sylvie, Georgia, Elsie, Ruby, Rose, Esther, and our little Annabelle. Sylvie and Georgia both started laying in the last two weeks. Hoping that the other girls will take the hint and start laying soon as well.

Here’s a picture of some of the eggs we got this week. The one on the right is from Sylvia our Silver Laced Wyandotte, that’s your average brown eggs. The one in the middle is Georgia’s first egg. She’s a maran, so her eggs (once she gets good at laying) will be a lovely dark chocolate color. The one on the left is her second egg. You can see how much darker it is already.

So there you go, that’s the update on our flock. Travis set up a lamp for them so that it goes on at dusk for two hours. It’s funny to look out the window in the dark and see the coop all lit up. We are always cracking jokes about the parties the girls are having out there.

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5 Responses to Chickens

  1. Gigi says:

    Once upon a time a long time ago when your Mom was about Finn’s age/size our rooster took a flying leap at her. He never connected but I did with a rock and invited him to dinner. Now to find recipes which use eggs. I have a half dozen sitting in a pan of water cooling for egg salad sandwiches for lunch. Seems nice not to run to the store for eggs before doing any baking and such. Love the names of your girls. We did the same with ours. Gigi

  2. Gigi says:

    Have you noticed? There’s a pecking order of who sits where on the roost. If she’s not in bed yet the spot is waiting for her. Each one has her own place it seems. Gigi

  3. turtlejen says:

    I need a LOVE button!

    Congratulations on the eggs, here’s hoping you have happy, healthy, productive girls 😀

  4. Linda says:

    Everything looks soooo cute! Love the henhouse; the chickens are beautiful. Hope they get real productive – those are gorgeous eggs! Enjoy!

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