Chickens

Springtime in Georgia!

12 March 2013

I know a lot of you still have snow…but it has been over 60 and sunny here! This weekend we re-tilled the garden, got organzied and planted our first crops!

View of the Garden from the house...Do you see a problem here? I do!

Aaron thought the problem was that the truck was a little dirty. Nope, that is not the problem.

Here is the garden overview! On the right side front I planted strawberry plants. On the back side I planted green onions, carrots, radishes, red and yellow beets!

The long fence on the left will eventually be spinach, cucumbers, and spagetti squash. The two mounds in the middle are Red Bliss and Yukon Gold potatoes. The rows on the right are red and yellow onion starts.

The chickens got the last bits of swiss chard and cabbage that had overwintered in the garden.

They are sharing!

There are 8 out of the 10 enjoying their outdoor area. Kelly Taylor is in the coop being broody and the other bid red chicken is in the dust bath. We let them into this part of the yard only when we are outside to keep an eye on them.

That’s all for now! Tomorrow I will put out the broccoli, cauliflower, lettuce and cabbage I started from seed indoors.

The Chickens are Egging like Crazy!

28 March 2012

We are getting 6-10 eggs every day from my little worker hens! Every egg is unique in both color and size. This week I got both the biggest egg I have seen and the smallest! I am so proud of the girls!

The egg on the left filled the frying pan!

This was a normal size potato with my giant egg!

Can you see the giant and the mini eggs in these cartons?

Springtime in Georgia!

20 March 2012

Jean planted daffodils and tulips at Thanksgiving and they are flourishing!

Tulips planted amongst the Irises

The tulips are really short...but really colorful!

The nectarine tree is in full bloom! It is about 5 years old and we WILL get fruit this year!

Each one of these could be fruit!

The Blueberry bushes are getting ready. Last year we could pick 8 cups every other day. This year they are twice as big!

Lettuce, onions, potatoes and broccoli are in the garden!

Petra says hello!

Violet and Amelia love the spring greens!

Donna Martin, who goes by Ball of Fury now, picked a fight with Bitey. She is pretty aggressive for being the smallest chicken in the flock!

9 Month Chickens…sorry so delayed!

5 January 2012

The chickens are doing great! They are big and fluffy. We are getting 4-8 eggs per day, all neatly laid in the nesting boxes provided. I try to let them out to roam on Wednesdays and Sundays and Aaron will let them out when he is working on that side of the house as well.

Macie/Rhoda and Amelia dig by the garage.

Sparrow, Donna and Kelly check out a 1/2 watermelon in the compost.

Alejandra shows you the weird part in her hair.

Me and Alejandra

Violet Zindars/Winnie Cooper supervises the watermelon.

Sparrow shows off her comb.

Violet/Winnie and Me!

Kelly Taylor eating scratch.

She just doesn't look like a chicken!

Bitey and Amelia eat cabbage leaves from my hand but if I set it down they ignore it.

Bitey HATES to be caught. Can you tell?


26 Week Chickens are Cute as Ever!

17 October 2011
Yesterday I cleaned out the whole coop for the first time. The chickens got to run wild the whole time and they loved it! They are so BUSY when they are out in the yard. I saw Sparrow eat a worm like it was spagetti, Macie flew almost twenty feet when she was spooked by a horn, and they all dug in the compost for a while. Very happy chickens!

Alejandra checks out the new pine shavings in the coop.

Amelia is so pretty! Her tail seems to be getting longer this week.

However, Amelia is so BAD! I bent down to attach the water container and she jumped onto my back and pecked at my ears. BAD!

When someone picks on Kelly Taylor she squeaks and then shakes her head like she has water in her ear. Strange defense.

Donna shows off her lovely colouring in the sunshine by the compost pile.

Petra making her usual weird faces.

The newly named Rhoda Stanley. Not to be confused with the identical Macie Sands.

The Violets are so cute when they hang out together. The go chest-to-chest to see who is taller.

This is Sparrow getting ready to lay an egg. It took her about 30 minutes and we got a medium white egg. Good Job!

The group - getting some sunshine!

23 Week Chickens Have Big News!

26 September 2011
Eggs!

They made eggs!

Violet Zindars is a BIG chicken!

Violet also has big feet!

Sparrow is a little awkward here!

Petra has started sleeping on the top rung.

Kelly Taylor has a slightly blue beak.

Donna Martin is the smallest chick!

Bitey won't let me pet her any more.

Amelia is looking at me askance.

Amelia tried to eat my earring yesterday...while I was wearing it!

Then she flew to the top of the trellis!

Thank You Chickens!

22 September 2011

The first egg has arrived! I assume it was a team effort since no one claimed it. Isn’t it gorgeous?

21 Week Chickens are Having Treats!

12 September 2011
The chickens have started eating adult food, scratch and treats from the garden. The work as a team to destroy tomatoes but still run off when they find a worm! Combs and wattles are filling in more and more. They are still changing every week.

The most exciting thing that happened this week was 3 hawks flying over. All the chickens immediately dove for cover under the cucumber trellis…except for Kelly Taylor. She flattened herself into the grass and wouldn’t move. I had to go pry her up! Is is stark white and attemptting to hide in the green grass. Not a good strategy.

First, Macie had to sneak up on the tomato


Sparrow also wanted to mount a sneak attack

Then Bitey and Petra checked it out

Then Amelia and the Violets joined the group

Alejandra, Bitey and Sparrow had some scratch

Petra, just looking pretty

Alejandra, also being pretty

Amelia show you her comb

Donna and Bitey investigate the peppers

The group tours the garden


19 week Chickens Explore!

29 August 2011
The chickens now expect to be let out to explore every day! I can’t get home before dark every day! Needy little beasts. Sparrow had a tiny cut over her eye that I was able to repair. Bitey has a chip on the end of her beak…wonder why? All is well in the coop!
Black and White Chicken looks like a real farm animal here!

Macie puffs out her wings to look even wider. Not flattering!

Kelly Taylor does not look like a real farm animal in any circumstances.

Violet Zindars has a very full bottom!

She also has an "interesting" face

Amelia has a very elaborate comb coming in.

Sparrow has the MOST elaborate comb.

I'm never sure when Alejandra is smiling at the camera.

Bitey and Kelly Taylor

Violet lets me pick her up often. She's heavy!

Macie dug a hole in the dirt by the spinach and stayed there for 30 minutes.

Black and White with the Silkies

The group

For the Petra fans...she has a face! It is maybe not her best feature.

17 Week Chickens Have Visitors!

15 August 2011
This weekend the Chickens had visitors! They were very well socialized and did not bite anyone. The chickens didn’t bite either. The silkies were most favored but it was agreeed that they were all beautiful in their own way!

I have let them out of the cage a few times now to roam around the garden and forage. They really enjoy it. They mostly stay grouped together and don’t go far but Sparrow is a bit of a wanderer. I need to get some portable fencing to help contain them. Only Amelia tried to fly away. She looked me right in the eye and then flew on top of the coop! She came right back down but it was very brave!

Guest Stars Mary & Ivan. They love Donna Martin and Kelly Taylor!

Drew and the Chickens!

Black & White Chicken will sneak behind me when I am not looking!

Violet Zindars was friendlier outside the cage and let all the kids pet her.

Let's assume this is the other Violet Zindars. I still can't tell them apart!

Sparrow is the bravest explorer and QUICK!


Here Sparrow shows you her shapely drumsticks!

Petra holds her tail up extra high when she is outside.

Petra likes to be part of the action!

Kelly Taylor

Donna Martin

Bitey

Alejandra is making more noise these days.

The girls find a watermelon.

Nest week...grown up chicken food and scratch!

15 Week Chickens!

1 August 2011

15 weeks! There are some huge chickens in my group now! Still looking for a few names…I know you can do it!

Kelly Taylor was feeling particularly photogenic this week! She jumped in front of the camera several times. Before she goes to bed at night she gets up on her tip toes and flaps her wings as fast as she can for a few seconds.

Some individual shots -

Bitey has the most going on with her face. I think she might end up with a whole red head at the rate she is going! I think she is a Golden Laced Wyandotte. She could lay up to 240 large brown eggs a year!’

A few group photos…again, Kelly Taylor was everywhere this week!

The chickens are fascinated with the camera and the flash…when I take it out of the case they tend to crowd around. I end up with a lot of close-ups and photo bombs!

Hairdos!

13 Week Chickens!

18 July 2011

The chickens are 13 weeks old now! There is a noticeable difference between the larger chicks, Cochins and Bitey – and the smaller Silkies and Houdans.

Alejandra is stylish as ever! Notice Kelly Taylor peeking over her shoulder?

Amelia is going to be renamed Needy if she keeps it up! She is very attention hungry. I have been taking a little stool into the run to get them used to me. She and Bitey are always jumping onto my legs.

Here is Bitey, also on my lap!

The Silkies are getting wider…but not taller. I think their feathers are filling in!

Black & White chicken is still nameless. She drew blood yesterday with a couple of well placed pecks to my leg. Bitey 2 might be in order.

Macie Sands and the other cochins are huge!

I am calling both of the Black and White Cochins Vi until I can tell them apart!

Petra – you can almost see one eye! 

A group shot in the run.

The top roost bar is where 7 out of 12 chicks sleep. The rest sleep in a pile on the floor. I am hoping that they will learn to use the lower roost bar eventually!

Here are some closeups of the chicks feathers. They have the most gorgeous patterns!

Chickens at 11 Weeks!

5 July 2011

The chicks got some new bedding in the run this weekend. Dead leaves! Who knew dead leaves could be so exciting. There are still changes happening to their faces and feathers…they are not full grown yet!

While not my most photogenic chick, Sparrow wanted to be the center of attention during the photo shoot this week!

Alejandra was a little shy this week.

The newly named Violet Zindars, she goes by Vi, shows off her gorgeous coloring.

This chicken is currently called Bitey. You can guess why. As a redhead, Peggy as been suggested but this chicken is a little aggressive!

Kelly Taylor and Donna Martin are really filling in!

Amelia and the Black & White chicken immediately perch when I stand on that side.

Double Cochins! The brown cochin may be named after Aarons’ Great-Grandmother…Macie Sands!

Petra has been very friendly…and lovely!

The group! Happy chicks!

Coop – 98% Complete

21 June 2011

We still have a few small items to finish up but the coop is pretty much done.

We are thinking about painting some of the trim white to match the house.

9 Week Chickens!

20 June 2011

The chickens are 9 weeks old now! They live outside full time, put themselves to bed around 8 and get up every morning before I do! They seem very happy in their coop. Lots of logs to jump on, perches to fly to, food to eat and friends to chase! I painted most of the coop yesterday – pictures to follow soon. I am still naming them all – let me know if anything jumps out at you.

The coop is built…just waiting for some finishing touches!

 The have switched over to their Big Girl feeders. I remember when the chick feeders were too big!

The door between the coop and the run is a good hang out spot for the blonde chick. She can only see things below her. This week I have been calling her Petra. Buffy didn’t stick.

Amelia will sit on my lap whenever possible.

The redheaded chick is trying to be my friend but she is a little more skittish. She is also developing quite a face!

Sparrow is growing her earlobes and comb.

Kelly Taylor is getting really puffy. I think she will be fully bearded and her fluffy bunny tail is awesome!

Donna Martin caught a leaf! So proud.

One of the furfeet is bigger than the other and one honks like a goose! Don’t they have lovely plummage? I was thinking, once I can tell them apart, that one might be named Zindars. Also, it turns out these two can fly! They were the among the first to sleep on the high perch!

The partridge Cochins are growing rapidly. They love to flap and chase but don’t really fly.

Black and White chicken is almost as friendly as Amelia now.

Alejandra is very petite. Big personality…little body! While I was painting yesterday she kept sticking her head around the corner and supervising.

That is their 9 week progress. Next week they switch to adult food and can start having treats! I will be getting scratch – which is dried grains - and giving them things from the garden. A master gardener friend of Aaron’s said my chickens were very tame and friendly!  

7 Week Chickens!

9 June 2011

I am a few days late with this post – new computer lacked the right editing software. I did take these on Sunday. The chicks are now as tall as their water bottle! It is shocking how fast they grow! The moved out to the coop full time this week. They haven’t figured out how to go in at night but they are out in the morning! I am adding pine straw and leaves to the run every few days so they have fresh stuff to dig in. The all like to dig in the dirt and take dust baths. There is a little more work to be done on the coop but it is probably 90% complete!

Here they are out and about in the run of the coop. There are lots of things to jump on, fly to and kick around!

They do go down for nap time when it gets hot. They like to sleep in a pile and these two have been cuddly!

This is my best friend chicken. Isn’t she stunning? I have been trying to call her Amelia this week to see if she likes it. She is a good flyer (Earhart) and I could also call her Amelia Bedelia.

Sparrow is very evasive. She runs fast, ducks under the others and in generally very zippy!

Redhead here has the largest comb and earlobes so far. Her dark feathers have started to take on a green tinge, like a Mallard Duck! Oooh – maybe her name is Darkwing Duck?

I think this is Kelly Taylor’s best picture yet!

The other furfoot took a lousy pic this week so this one will stand in for both.




Donna Martin seems to be filling out a little on her head fur!

She is very Apricot on her back now. I think she is a Buff Houdan.

This chicken is starting to get pretty friendly too. She lets me pet her and pick her up.

These two chicks are BIG! I can’t tell them apart yet. They are probably 2 weeks from being the size of a basketball.

Does she look like an Amelia to you?

Alejandra is just gorgeous. I have been teaching the other Pollos spanish so they can all communicate.

I don’t know if I will be able to get individual photos anymore since they don’t come in at night! We’ll see.

Coop Update

31 May 2011

Chickens at 6 Weeks!

30 May 2011

The chickens are now 6 weeks old! They have spent the last 3 days in the coop enclosure. As soon as the coop building is done they will be ready to go outside! The enclosure is very, very secure. Half inch hardware cloth (wire mesh) from the top to 18″ into the ground. The roof is complete, the door has a raccoon proof latch and the seams are woven shut with wire. The chickens seem very happy to have more space, lots of dirt to kick and bugs to chase! They get really nervous when the sun goes down and start chirping angrily. I have to round them up and put them to bed fast.

Poor thing can’t really see much! Her hairdo is in the way! It does make her the easiest to catch when they go in at night!

6 Week Progress Pictures

Sparrow is really quick on her feet and in the air!

More and more silver on the heads of the furfeet. I think they will be all black and white when they are done.

The partridge Cochins are the biggest so far. They have heft when I pick them up.

Alejandra is very friendly now. She will let me pick her up and she’ll settle on my hand. I think she likes to be higher up so she can see more. Hairdo issue.

I think this chick will be a Black-Laced something. She is also very large!

She is getting a rose colored spot on her beak. Just learned to fly up to the perch this week.

The other Partridge Cochin.

Kelly Taylor is the shoutiest of the bunch. She chirps the loudest when the sun goes down. Drama Queen.

They know when they are being photographed!

She really does not respond to Mimi. I had some inspiration with Proud Mary. It’s fun to sing!

Donna Martin Chicken is getting quite a bit bigger now. Her headfeathers are filling in.

The Golden Campine is my very best chicken. She approaches me and likes to be pet. She is softer than a cat! She needs a great name! I think she is an olympian.

Next week they should be fully outside!

Week 5 Chickens!

23 May 2011

Here they are! Week 5! They are still changing dramatically every day! They can really fly. When I went to get them out of the outside play area last night two if them were standing outside the fence looking in! The coop is still in progress. Just 1-3 weeks until they go outside for good!

Naming is coming along. This gorgeous bird in Alejandra. She has become a really good flyer this week and is always sitting on top of the pen when I leave the top off. 

I am leaning towards Donna Martin and Kelly Taylor for the Silkies. They are very fancy, a little high strung and a little bit dramatic.  For those of you not familiar, those were characters on 90210.

These next two are my Golden Girls. They both have gorgeous golden heads and hang out together because they are the best flyers. The one I have been calling little darth is officially a Golden Campine (her breed). I am thinking about Rue McClanahan and Blanch Deveroux for their names. However, they might be Olympic Golden Girls rather than TV Golden Girls. I haven’t decided.

The fur feet that used to look like chipmunks are almost completely black & white now. In the last few days their whole heads changed from brown to white! No names yet.

The fur feet that have been dark brown all along now have some red stripes. I think they are Partridge Cochins (breed). No names yet.

Black & White chick is stunning! I think she needs a movie star name.

Clearly the blonde chick is a showstopper. Look at that crazy hairdo! It gets bigger and bigger and bigger. I think she is a Buff Houdan. I have been calling her Autie Mimi but it doesn’t seem to be the right name. Maybe she’ll grow into it.

Sparrow is a lovely shade of silver. She is very tall and a good flyer. If her head keeps changing color she won’t look like a sparrow anymore and I might have to change her name.

There you go! 12 happy chickens!

 

Week 4 Chickens – Awkward Teenage Phase?

16 May 2011

The chickens are 4 weeks old now! They are progressing at different speeds feather-wise but they are all bigger, faster and most can fly! Just 2-4 weeks until they go outside to the real coop. Hopefully, 2-4 weeks until it is finished!

I am getting a lot more pictures like this one as they can now jump off my picture time perch! The Silkies are growing…probably my smallest right now. All of the fur footed ones that have been slower to get their feathers are starting to fill out. Some of them look really strange!

Sparrow is turning a lovely silver as her feathers come in. I think She might be a Silver Dorking. Actual breed name, really!

Little Darth, Sparrow and the Red head are my three best flyers. If I leave the top of the pen they will be perched ont he edge when I get back.

This is a lousy picture of the blonde. She was really fast! Mimi is the front runner for her name.

 

 

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