Wednesday, May 25, 2011

And... we have two more

We got two more baby chicks to replace Mr. Phydeaux since I really don't want a rooster. He's still with us, but I think I'm going to post him on Craig's List in a few weeks. If we can't get rid of him that way, he's headed for the stew pot. Poor guy.
So here are the two new babies. The one on the left is Josephine. She's an Australorp and she should be a very prolific brown egg layer (6/week in the summer, 4-5/week in the winter). She'll be solid black with a nice red comb and wattles when she grows up. The one on the right is Susette, a Plymouth Barred Rock. She'll be a good egg layer as well (5/week in the summer, 3-4/week in the winter). She will have little black and white stripes all over. I'm excited to see them grow.
They're so cute :)
Here's a picture I just took of Annabelle and the older chickens. They're getting so big! They're all pretty sweet and like their new coop.
Speaking of their new coop... I forgot I said I'd post a picture. Here's the finished product! We love it.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Outside at last...

We moved the chickens outside last week because they had decided that knocking over their water jar would be fun and it got their cardboard box all wet. We can't have chickens living in moldy cardboard, now can we?

So here's them in their new digs. They seem to like it just fine. We had plywood over the top and their heat lamp in it for a while because we didn't have the roof finished yet (just finished it today!!!) I'll post more pictures of the outside of the coop when the weather clears up a bit.
Fuzzy picture of dear Roo Paul (as Andy has started calling him) and his huge comb. He likes to protect the girls.
Fif's beard is growing in! I like it, it gives her character.
The girls (and boy) enjoying the yard. They were out in the rain today and were very smart about staying under the shelter of the arbor vida. I sure do like them.
Guess what??

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Chicken update

Here are some new pictures of my chickens! We took them for their first outside excursion on Sunday afternoon. It was gorgeous and they had lots of fun. It was hard to get them all facing the same direction for a picture :)
Here's Mimi at 5 1/2 weeks old and almost fully feathered. She really likes meal worms (I bought some at a pet store) and runs off with them before the other two can get them. She's almost ready to be moved to the coop, but we have to finish it first!
Here's Fifi at 4 1/2 weeks old, and she's turning into a very pretty bird. She's also a sweetheart who likes to climb on my hand sometimes.
And here's Phydeaux at 4 1/2 weeks old. That comb of his is just getting bigger and pinker, but I'm still holding out hope that he's a girl. Only time will tell.
They're pretty cute and growing up so fast! They sure are fun to watch, too. They pecked at lots of things in the grass.