Chicken Reality

Last week I mentioned us buying plywood and other stuff for a soon-to-be-announced project. Well, Porkchop worked super-hard for the past week and a half so that we could pick up new pets over the weekend! Four of them! And not just pets, but soon-to-be contributing members of our household!

Hens!

Exploring the yard as a flock.

The two on the left are Silver Laced Wyandottes, and the other two are Barred Rocks.

Porkchop did a ton of work to finish the coop structure on Saturday. I’ll post pictures of the chicken palace once it is painted and shingled. Trust me when I say that it is a sight to behold!

Our flock came from a woman out in Warrenton, who runs what might be considered a chicken mill. There were a lot of chicks and ducks in concrete pens outside. Our ladies love all the weeds in our yard, as well as the garden beds shaded with tomato and basil plants.

After we picked them up on Saturday, they chilled out in the yard, and we had to chase them down to put them in the coop. Fortunately, their roosting instincts kicked in and they settled onto the roosting bars. On Sunday morning, they didn’t even want to leave the coop. Porkchop had to force them out so she could work on it some more.

Good morning, chickens!

Mark and Ale came over Sunday afternoon to meet the flock. We chased the hens around some, and Mark caught one! The little chicken even hung out when Mark let go of her. This gives us hope for making friends with the ladies.

Mark has secret chicken powers.

Sunday evening, Porkchop and I went to see a movie. We left rather reluctantly because we were only able to catch and put one chicken in the coop before we left. We thought the other chickens would end up roosting in the tomato plants because they had never used the ladder for the coop. And after hanging out in the garden beds, the chickens showed little interest in the coop.

The moment of truth came when we returned and slowly raised the door to the coop…

And all of them were perfectly perched on the roosting bar!

Nature! Magic! Elation!

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4 thoughts on “Chicken Reality

  1. Donna says:

    Squee! How soon before they start laying eggs? And do they lay eggs every day?

    • carrie says:

      It is squee! They should start laying around the end of September. Both breeds average 200-240 eggs per year. Enough to keep us in business!

  2. cj says:

    Then you MUST MUST make lotsa shashouska.

    egg tomato yummytown.

  3. cj says:

    also–new name for blog?

    forks and needles and eggs?

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