Saturday, April 23, 2011

Oh no!

I think I have a rooster! Gigi has started growing a huge comb and it turned pink a few days ago... I'm so sad. We'll probably have to get rid of her if she's a boy. And her name will be Phydeaux. (Inside joke) But Andy said if that happens, I can get two new ones! So I'm not too sad about it. Here are some new photos of them. Mimi is 4 1/2 weeks old and the other two are 3 1/2 weeks.
Gigi (Phydeaux)

Saturday, April 16, 2011

My how they've grown!

My little girls are no longer little! They are now 2 and 3 weeks old and growing feathers like crazy. They also eat and poop a lot.
This is Fifi and Gigi. They are growing wing feathers and starting to grow neck/back feathers. Fifi (on the left) likes to perch on top of the food and water jars. And she likes to poop up there. Gigi is very fast and runs around a lot.
This is Mimi. She has full wing feathers now and lots of feathers on her neck and back. She's growing some out of her stomach and her head is all ruffled, so I'm assuming she's starting to grow them there too.
Next to Mimi in the last picture is the little roost Andy and I made for the girls. They like to perch on it. It's preparing them for their roost in the coop that we are building.

Speaking of their coop... we have bought most of the materials and have sanded and cut the lumber. Next up is treating it with non-toxic sealer and stain, and then putting it together! We bought some red stain for the siding, and I think it's going to look pretty great. I can't wait until late summer when we start getting eggs!!

Saturday, April 2, 2011


For my birthday this year we decided to get three little chickens! Andy picked two of them up on Wednesday, and I got the other one yesterday. Their names are Fifi, Gigi and Mimi (named after the birds of the Enchanted Tiki Room). They're adorable.
This is Mimi. She's a Rhode Island Red, and I think she's about a week or so older than the other two, so she's a little bigger and has more feathers. She will lay about 6 brown eggs/week in the summer, 3-4 in the winter. Sometimes she picks on the other two, but over all they get along very well.
This is Gigi. She's a Buff Orpington. She's going to be the biggest out of the three (about 8 pounds!). Orpingtons are sweet natured and good layers through the winter. We should get about 3-4 eggs/week from her year round. She's a little more mellow than Mimi and likes to sleep.
This girl is Fifi. She's an Ameracauna and she will lay about 5 blue or green eggs in the summer, and not many in the winter. It will be fun to have a colorful egg carton. I think she's going to be nice and brown, and have a beard. She's a pesky little thing, already jumping at the sides of the box and scratching the food out of the container. She'll make things interesting :)
Here's another cute picture of them lined up. I'm really glad they like each other (for the most part).
Here's the setup we have right now for their brooder. It stays at about 95 degrees.
We're working on building them a little portable coop for the back yard (see the garden ark). It should be a fun project. It will probably be 5 or 6 months before they start laying eggs, and I can't wait!