Our hens are one year old this month! After years of dreaming about backyard chickens, nervously placing an order for day old chicks before a shovel was even sunk into the ground, then anxiously awaiting their arrival, my chicks have now gone from peeping fluff balls to clucking hens, proudly announcing eggs laid and squawking and chattering… Continue reading Look Who’s 1!
It was this time last year that we began considering how to build the long anticipated coop. While I had clippings and pins galore, actually deciding on specifics while maintaining some semblance of a budget, proved more difficult for me than I envisioned. I’ve come to realize that I’m quite visual and plans on paper… Continue reading Coop modifications (again, sigh)
At just over 19 weeks, we have our first egg! I’m reasonably certain that it was laid by the Rhode Island Red, named Honey by my son for her coloring as a chick, but aptly named for her sweet contribution to our homestead and a gracious nod to our honey bees who pollinated much of… Continue reading First Egg!
The dog days of summer are here. In Maryland, we have the bonus of humidity. Fortunately for the chicks, who are now 3 1/2 months old, their run is covered, offering them a generous amount of shade, and they have ample ventilation in their coop from the windows and copula, but it is still darn… Continue reading Beating the Heat: Chick Style
Now that the girls are settled into their new home, I decided it was time to let them explore the backyard, always expanding their world slowly. There’s been a fair amount of interest in the world outside of their run, Sophia even making a dash for it when the kids changed their water at one… Continue reading Free Range Chick(en)s
Just over a week ago, we had a soft opening of the coop. I had envisioned the pomp and circumstance of a grand opening, befitting the chicken chalet my husband built, however the rush of hot weather dictated a different course of events and in retrospect, this worked out much better from an acclimation standpoint for both the chicks… Continue reading Moving Day
The girls are seven weeks old now and are beginning to transition to the coop. While I’d hoped to have them permanently outside by now, our schedules and the weather have interfered with the best of plans, delaying our timeline. We’re moving forward and close to moving day. The weather warmed substantially recently, jumping from… Continue reading Teen Love