Monday, May 14, 2012

Our Chickens

Our chickens are now about 9 weeks old, and they are living in their coop outside. We decided to get three chicks, so that we would start small and see how it goes. Eventually we may get more depending on how this all goes. We also wanted to get three different types of chickens, so we got a Rhode Island Red, Silver Wyandotte, and an Ameraucana. The Ameraucana will lay bluish eggs. Of course they are not old enough to lay eggs just yet. We should be getting eggs at the end of the summer. Right now we are enjoying letting "the girls" out to free range. It is so fun to just watch them explore their new environment, and they love to take dust baths.
Here is our coop. We did some research, and thought about having Micah just build ours, but we figured it would take a while to build it. Then we found someone on Craigslist who was selling kits that we could assemble ourselves, so we went that route. This is a small coop, so it houses our three girls just fine, but we would have to get another coop if we ever wanted to have more than our three. We like this coop because it is very secure, and easy to clean.
Here are the girls. We had fun asking Andrew what we should name the chicks. He picked "Spunky" for the Ameraucana (she is the one at the bottom of the picture). She was the biggest chick, and she loved to try to get out of the container when we had them in the bathroom. He named the Silver Wyandotte (the black and silver one in the middle) "Isis". And we all just called the Rhode Island Red, "Red". The boys are enjoying the chicks. Josiah loves to tell the chicks "bye, bye chicks".

1 comment:

Jay said...

Nice coop. Nice chickens. Great stuff for your children!