The girls have always been skittish, never approached the door of the run and only Lily ever lets me catch her so…..it was quite a shock when Lacy, the barred rock dashed out the door and headed for freedom the other day! Now, you have to understand, I’m dressed for the office, late, but running out to give the girls… Read more →
Chickens – How to Make Friends with your Flock!
We brought our 4 month old pullets home in August and I started trying to make friends right away…with little reward. They were so skittish I couldn’t open the door to the run without them jumping all over themselves trying to get away! After reading about how to train your girls on a few of my favorite blogs, I put… Read more →
Lily Lays an Egg! How to tell your girls are ready to lay…
It’s usually pretty quiet when I’m making my morning coffee. A few birds at the feeder, a squirrel or two snacking on sunflower seeds are the norm. But, today, wow….what a racket! The clucking was loud, long and totally different from the little chirps we are used to! Running out to the coop I expected a critter crawling under the… Read more →
Chicken Coop Maintenance – Or… How to Scoop Poop!
I knew this day would come. My husband made it very clear that though he would labor to build the coop of my dreams (including the shake roof which…well, was a very tough sell!) he would NOT, under any circumstances have a thing to do with any poop scooping. The man does not swim in water where he can’t see… Read more →
Moving Chickens Into Their New Home…Days 2 & 3…The Rest of the Story!
Day Two August 18, 2013 Wouldn’t you know it would be my luck that our mild weather would suddenly soar to 100 degrees in our backyard the first day I have my new chickens! I ran out at 6:30 a.m. to visit the girls and instead I watched through their coop window as they sat on the roost… sat on… Read more →
Moving Chickens Into Their New Home! Day One…
Day One, August 17,2013 The coop is done and we’re ready to get some girls! I really want a silver or golden laced Wyandotte, a Barred rock and a Buff Orpington. And, I really want to get them all at the same time, since I’ve read they have to go through a little pecking order ritual each time you add… Read more →
Chickens Are Coming- Getting Ready for Chickens 101
A few months ago I started talking to my handy hubby about building/buying a chicken coop and building a big run so they can live peacefully in my garden without wrecking years of garden work. He wasn’t really keen on the idea at first but he’s a really, really, nice guy and he knows I’m really, really persistent, so… Yep,… Read more →