Friday, April 9, 2010

As if...

..I do not have enough on my plate...enough to do and take care of... I went out and bought 6 hens.

They are just a little over a week old and are so cute. We keep them in the laundry room sink.

A lamp keeps it extra toasty in there and it is easy to clean.

Next week Don and I will start to build the coop using this bracket kit.

We have a lot of extra wood from the construction of our barn that we plan to use. The rest will have to be purchased. If you know me...you know this will turn out INTERESTING.. to say the least!

The hens I bought are called Barred Rock and will look like this when they are grown.














They are known for being great egg layers, mild tempered and well...yes - the fact that they happen to be the color of our farm did have some barring on my choice!

17 comments:

Louise said...

Everybody I know that has chickens just loves them. They are, in addition to producing eggs, very interesting to watch, and to listen to. Have fun with them, and, post lots of pictures.

Kaede said...

My best girl friend in Boston has chickens, she says they keep down the ticks.

phaedra96 said...

Guinea fowl are better for ticks; but chickens are good for taking time out of your day and just enjoying their silliness and poking around. Make sure you rodent-proof underground and underneath the house. Rats are NOT as charming as Templeton would have you believe. Keep your feed in metal trash cans and weight the lids also. Best of all enjoy all those eggs you will be finding!!

Gayla said...

I just asked my mom today if we could get some chickens. She said no, but this way I can watch your little ones grow.... and I'll just have to pass on the omelets coming up!!!

gowestferalwoman said...

What a neat idea using the laundry sink!!! Easy to clean after they "move" on ;)

The Snyder Family said...

Can't wait to see the finished hen house. Wish I was there to help. Madison wants to come visit now that I just showed her your new chicks.

Kat said...

Hi Julie

I haven't had much time on the computer lately so it's been fun this afternoon catching up with you. Loved your family photos...really nice. So sorry about your little lamb Easter. Raising chickens? My daughter in law did that and still loves having fresh eggs every morning.

Visit me when you can.

Hugs!
Kat

Ginger said...

Hi Julie, how have you been? I haven't been blogging much, but wanted to come by and see what you are up to.
We've had our chickens about a year and a half and are going to buy some more chicks soon. The more you pick them up, the tamer they seem to be. Our chickens are pets now, they follow me all over our property when I go outside. Eat out of my hand too. They are really funny to watch.

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Ash said...

Julie, are you going to build an attached enclosure for them, or are you going to let them free-range? If you build an enclosure, make sure you bury your chicken wire 6 inches (and I recommend using the square kind) - we didn't the first time around, and we would be missing chickens some mornings! Also, make sure they have perches/ledges a few feet off the ground - this also helps keep them safe from predators!

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vivian said...

did you get a rooster too? they are so cute. I always wanted a rooster! My friend used to have GIANT one named big red that used to walk right into her kitchen and hang out there in the afternoons!
have fun with those cute little babies!
hugs
viv

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Lana said...

yay! Chickens!
I just got my first ones too. Barred rocks and Rhode Island reds. Im going insane with them in the house, and trying to build my coop from scratch. I wish I had your kit!