Thursday, March 31, 2011
So I'm learning as I go:)...a couple changes to the brooder set up. I read that elevating the water a bit will help keep the pine shavings out of the dish. I put it up on a flat rock and definitely seemed to help! Also, the ecoglow (which I LOVE in all other ways) became the girls favorite place to play and poop! So I set up an egg carton on it's side to keep them off the top. It's worked so far. Both these changes have helped with the brooder upkeep.
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Sunday, March 27, 2011
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
These two girls look the most alike of the four with two red stripes running down their golden backs. Annie has a slightly darker head which is the only way we can tell them apart. Annie is also the love bug (cuddler) of the chicks. She is very calm sitting in your hand. Clarabelle is the most flighty and jumpy. She loves to run and flutter her wings away from you and pecks at your hand. She makes us laugh!
Sunday, March 20, 2011
So we added nest boxes to the old dog entrance with a handy pop top latch and side door opening on the bottom nest. Also opened the side with a swing door for cleaning. We are going to add some vent holes in the top of the hutch and some southern exposure sunlight. Hope the hens will be happy there! The coop sits in a fenced grazing area for them.
After living through years of “chicken envy” (plenty of my mom friends have their own lil’ backyard flock and farm fresh eggs) here in the Hudson Valley, I finally took the BIG step and ordered 4 red star pullets from MyPetChicken. We have owned dogs, cats, guinea pigs, rabbits, fish, and hamsters, but these lil’ hens on their way to us are our first “true” farm animals! We are completely new to chickens so thought I’d start this blog for fellow other newbies to the feathered world of chickens. Also a fun way to share our “eggcelllent adventure” with family and friends! Clarabelle, Annie, Copper and Terra(bird) are due to arrive at the post office Tuesday. We’ll post pics soon!