You may remember that last year, after I’d lost a lot of chickens to an owl, I went and got seven new ones at Bird and Bee Farm. I was surprised to realize that was almost a year ago. Things continued to get my poor birds, and now I have only three left, Buffy and the reds, Big and Little.
We decided to let those birds stay at the cabin by the old easily infiltrated coop, since they have figured out how to stay safe and enjoy their free range lifestyle. Our renters at the cabin like them anyway. I’ll just give them a chicken cube every so often.
We have been working on a new coop for a while, and finally decided today was the day to put some young hens in there.
My sister, Canova, loves to look at chickens, and niece Kathleen loves all farm animals, so I brought them along. After stocking up on chicken treats and such, we headed off to the country between Rockdale and Milano.
We had a great time looking at the turkeys, guineas, and of course the plants in the wildscape.
It was fun watching Canova and Kathleen when they saw just how many types of hens there were! There were really some cool ones!
Gene Rek was his usual patient self as we decided which type we wanted. I let Kathleen pick two of the adorable Cochin hens. One is her birthday gift, and she bought the other one. My gosh, they are pretty.
Kathleen gave them cute names, but they totally escape me. Whew. She came home and told me.
For the rest, I wanted interesting egg colors more than high egg production. So I got blue eggs, plum eggs, brown eggs, and of course, cuteness. Here are the other four:
The young hens went straight to eating when we put them in the pen. They seemed to understand how the water dispenser worked, too.
I checked on them after sunset, and they were settling down. Five of them were sitting on the branch Chris and I found for them. One, Elsie, had found the nest boxes and was comfy in there.
It is supposed to rain later, so I’m guessing they will find the shelter and the food treat we hid in there.
They won’t lay eggs for a few weeks, but until the. We can pet and play with them. I’m so happy to have chickens near my house!