I wanted to share with you all the excitement that’s been going on here on the homestead regarding our chickens. Our flock(s) have multiplied significantly recently ( we are apparently the victims of #chickenmath 😃). So here’s a bunch of pictures of all things chickens.
1st of all, here’s how we keep food and water reserved for the chicks in with the rest of the flock (otherwise the adults eat it all and the chicks don’t get any). The handle holes in the crates are just big enough for the chicks, but keep the adults out.
Our new flock of Rhode Island Reds that we inherited (and one Barred Rock). They are all pretty old, but we’re still getting about a dozen eggs a day out of 20 hens. We’ll keep them for the summer.
Our new rooster, “Cogburn”. He’s a real sweetheart.
Yes, as in Rooster Cogburn 😃
We re-homed our mean rooster, Mr Darcy, back to his original owner.
We impulsively brought home 5 Asian Black chicks…
…and 7 miscellaneous bantams. And, yes, most of the bantams will not be kept. I have no use for “ornamental” breeds
Except for possibly this one. She’s soooo adorable! She might get to stay.
And this one, the smallest of the lot, who’s feathers are just starting to curl up. It’s a Frizzle! Even though I have a suspicion it’s a boy, I still wanna keep him!
We are letting the Asian chicks free-range during the day since we don’t really have another place set up for them yet. They are doing great and starting to get braver. Before they start ranging too far, we will put them in the new coop we were given.
Speaking of the new coop, here it is, just getting off the trailer. We have the most amazing friends!
We’ve started bringing the brooder chicks out to get some sun. This means that we don’t have to run their warming plate all day and our batteries have a better chance of charging during the day.
Here’s the coop and run we made out of pallets
The cute sign my mom my made for our coop.
That’s it for now. Tons going on. Life is full.
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Oh my goodness, I just loved this post! That is such a good idea putting the chick’s food inside the crate! I laughed when I saw why you named your rooster Cogburn. Good one. 🙂 And I love your new coop. You really do have wonderful friends. That sign your mom made is so cute. Thank you so much for sharing all of these pictures, Maridy. Keep them coming!
Thanks Vickie! And yes, we really do have an absolutely wonderful community of friends. I am constantly amazed by their generosity.