For years my husband Steve has been talking about getting a few chickens to raise for eggs and meat. I'm totally on board the whole pets/eggs scenario, but, I don't eat meat and I really don't think I can get past our named backyard brood to eat our birds. I digress, Steve raised chickens when he was a kid and so he has a grasp on the whole operation - this is entirely new to me, but, this Ship is on board 100 percent. Let the adventure begin!
April 10th - Fin's 3rd Birthday, Big Daddy P came home
with eight day old chicks. A gift for Finley.
|Fin and honey Cat sat with the chicks for most of the day.|
|We have four pullets - We think they are Rhode Island Reds.|
And we have four black chicks that are NOT SEXED.
Time will tell if we have a rooster in the brood.
|The chicks lived in this crate for about two weeks while we got the coop ready.|
It was still pretty cool at night and so they needed the heat lamp.
|Big Daddy P working on the coop. It's built into the tree house.|
|Making the door for the coop.|
|Tadaaa the coop.|
Once the chicks were about a month old we began to name them. Some of the chicks are named after kids in Fin's pre-school class; like Caroline and Sally. Other friends of ours got to name the birds too. We have Big George, Mario, Lyndsey, Poopie, Darla and ... I can't recall the last one's name ahhhh - hit the comments and send us suggestions for new name?
|Juvenile Birds - about three to four weeks old here. |
They're always sitting on one another.
|Fin loves to handle the chicks. They're getting used to us.|
|Bok! Bok! Bok!|
|Setting up the feed and water.|
|Fin is helping the chicken into her nesting house.|
Raised chickens? Have any tips for us?