Let me back up a bit. When we first moved to the farm people would say 'are you getting chickens?'
'YES' I would say at the same time Ed would say 'NO!'
I overheard him one day talking to a friend:
Friend: 'Are you going to get chickens?'
Ed: 'Well Teresa wants them but I don't....So you know what that means.'
Friend: 'you're getting chickens'
However, chickens were not a priority, there was so many other things to do. Now Ed is getting ready to retire and we were planning a big trip in September. The plan was that we would build the chicken coop this year and get chickens next.
I was so excited to get them- I just love chickens. We're starting with just four little ones. We were so worried that they would die on us. We've borrowed a heat lamp and set up Guinness' dog crate in the garage. We've put a thermometer on the cage that connects to a receiver in the house so we can monitor the temperature. We set up a cage outside for them to enjoy the weather when It's nice.
|They are ISA Browns|
I just love watching them. They are so adorable scratching in the dirt, fluffing their feathers and doing little flights.
Their feathers are coming in but still have down on their heads; making them look like little vultures.
I dropped my pitchfork and ran to the garage. Somehow, two of them managed to squeeze through the bars of the crate and were hiding under Ed's work bench. he managed to get one but the other was way back in the corner. I moved some stuff, grabbed a bucket and crawled as far in that I could get. I managed to scootch her into the bucket, peeping like mad. As I turned the bucket up and began to pull it towards me a paint bucket fell off the shelf into the bucket. A loud SQAWK! came from the bucket and then silence.
Shit. I killed it.
I pulled the bucket out and lifted out the paint bucket. Two bright black eyes peered at me. The paint bucket only fell part way in so I put her gently into the cage that end then wrapped chicken wire around. Fortunately she seems to be fine. But what are the signs of a concussion in a chicken anyway?
With any luck we'll have some eggs this fall.
I'm sure you're wondering if they have names.
Of course they do. But I needed to figure out some good names. I played with some cute names but nothing was really coming to me. Then one day I was laughing at one of them who is quite bold and she ran at me flapping.
I realized that her name was Jo.
Another one is quite shy and often hides. Her name is Beth. (maybe she's not shy, maybe it's a head injury but I don't know which one was stuck under the bucket.
There's a pretty little one that has blonder feathers than the other. Her name is Amy.
And the last one is Meg. She just bustles around and minds her manners.
Pretty sure that you have guessed the theme- Little Women. I loved that book growing up (still do really) and if you haven't seen the most recent movie you should- it's really well done.
Carmen is a little wary of them but Irish is curious. Of course he takes his role as official farm greeter very seriously.
|Welcome little ones|
I LOVE LOVE LOVE the names! You will have so much fun with chickens 😁ReplyDelete
So far I am having fun with them. I hope that they do well and are not eaten by predators!Delete
Chickens are great!!!ReplyDelete
I may be asking you for advice!!!Delete
They're so cute! Congrats on the new additions to your farm.ReplyDelete
they are pretty cute. I think we are getting more rural every year.Delete
Awww I love them - and the names!! Here’s hoping for lots and lots of eggs too ;)ReplyDelete
Fingers crossed. Have you noticed how 'large' eggs in the grocery store really don't seem large any more?Delete
Oh golly do you know how loud they are, even if they're girls? *shudder*ReplyDelete
I was named after one of the 4 little women: ) I've always felt it is my destiny to die helping people. We'll see.
Please don't die, lol. Our neighbours down the road have a rooster but he's far enough away that it's not too bad. At least we're not close to others.Delete
After I wrote that I considered that things are quite different if they're your own animals and you aren't disturbing anyone with their egg-laying screams of agony.Delete
We shall see. 🐣Delete
So cute. Love the names. I didn't name any of mine because of fear of attachment and them getting eaten by all the predators we have here. I really want more chicks, but I want my chickens to have them so I don't have to have them in the house again.ReplyDelete
That's a good idea- breeding your own. Except you need a rooster and we didn't want a rooster. How many do you have? what breed? Do they give many eggs? So many questions lolDelete
I love the chickens and I love the name inspiration!ReplyDelete
Thanks. I am entertained by them regularly.Delete
Nothing better than fresh farm eggs!! If we’re going to be locked down, we might as well have fun at home, right? (And prepare for the apocalypse! 😂) i was so worried they’d stop making dog food. We have 3 Irish wolfhounds and if there’s ever a dog food shortage, they might eat us. The wolfhound version of Marie Antoinette—let them eat their owners! That’s very funny about the paint can. A brain damaged chicken might even be smarter than a normal one. 👏ReplyDelete
We are looking forward to eggs. Between that and the garden we're getting more self-sufficient. That's funny about the wolfhounds- maybe they would forage for you.Delete
I prefer no roosters too, even though making more chicks would be fun. Good luck with your girls!!ReplyDelete
We're not ready for chicks yet. But maybe some day. :) It seems easier to pay $5 for a chicken than have a rooster.Delete
Awe..chickens!! I've been debating on getting some but Dusty has me scared about the salmonella risk and that horses get it so now I'm paranoid. Maybe next yearReplyDelete
Wyatt will love them though.....I know lots of people with chickens and horses with no issues.Delete
Love the chickens! How awesome! you will have to keep us posted on egg production come fall.ReplyDelete
Aww I love this. Also love the whole exchange with wanting/not wanting/gonna have because Teresa wants them lol!ReplyDelete
LOL, it's how it works, right?Delete
Yay chickens! Glad the one survived the bucket!ReplyDelete
Oh yeah, me too. I would have felt terrible.Delete
How cute!!! COngrats~ReplyDelete
They are too cuteDelete