Friday, April 6, 2012

Moving In


I gathered up some of my chicken stuff from around the yard to dress up my girls new home.

They have been enjoying some time in the run each sunny day. It is 40 inches wide and almost twenty feet long. We will move in their little hen house this weekend. They still can't sleep out here without some heat so they are sleeping in my garage right now.

frugal chicken coop

Scratching and pecking, pecking and scratching.


My girl with Henrietta. She is a very squirmy chick and prefers not to be held but she managed to be held for this photo.


We all have poop shoes now. Those you wear when you walk in the coop and never come in the house with.


I felt like a farmer at the feed store buying a bale of hay and shavings for the coop. I really must get out of the city. I am in Heaven in the feed store. Love the smell and the people in there and all the cool things. I need more space and more animals and a REALLY big veggie garden. I just don't care much about the other things in life anymore. I am at a place where I just know what I want to do. This has been a lot of work but it has been such a labor of love. I have really enjoyed every minute of these chicks. My dad was born on a farm. Maybe I get it from him. I just want to spend days in grubby jeans and clothes making things around me pretty and fruitful and lovely. I hate dressing up and loathe when we have to. I want to live where dressing up is a new pair of jeans and a t-shirt without holes. No kidding. I will however continue to color my hair. I have that ugly color of grey that is more yellow. My mom had silver hair. It was stunning and she was beautiful with it. I have my dad's hair. So I have rambled on.


Lola seems to like the chicks but I think it is the Kefir I give them. She wants to lick the plate when they are done. I hope she will be friends with them. She has been gentle so far. Happy chicks!!

frugal chicken coop
See the final enclosure and frugal coop here.

26 comments:

Kris said...

Your husband did a great job with the chicken run! They look pleased as punch in there! Which ones do you think could be roos?
I too, have always wanted to live on a farm. So I have my own little farm.
: ) Kris

Vintage Gal said...

You are going to have soooo much fun with your chickens. They make me smile ;-)

Monica said...

I have loved watching you with your chicks. The run looks great! We're moving to New Hampshire this summer and are hoping to find a house where we can have a little "farm". We'd love to have chickens, so we've been buying up magazines and books and taking it all in.

Lois' Laughlines said...

I love your coop. The cute red door and the rooster standing guard. How cute.....The chicks are getting so big. SWEET
blessing to you.

Kerin said...

Congrats!
What a joy those little chickens are going to be :)

I can relate with your sentiments about country living.
( When we lived in the city.. there was nothing more in the world that I wanted, than to get back to the country.)

Each and every day I wake up to these country breezes, I feel blessed.

Have a happy weekend, and a great Easter.

bszejk said...

I'm right with you about not wanting to dress up! I'd rather be in weekend clothes all the time...getting dirty and down to earth! I think that's what "real" people do! lol My dad grew up on a farm, too, and I am truly a country girl at heart! Love the chicks! Thanks so much for sharing!

Hugs,
Brandy
thelilprimcabin.blogspot.com

1charminghostess said...

As usual throughly enjoy your post. Your daughter is beautiful. And it's wonderful that you are enjoying your chick adventure.

Beth said...

so exciting. looks like such fun. glad to hear all is going well. i prefer being away from the city. i love my rural life. so peaceful & quiet. (:

NanaDiana said...

What a great little chicken run! I love those "girls"...feathered and otherwise! I hope you have a wonderful Good Friday-xo Diana

Shug said...

I was just telling a friend last night about your chickens. Her son wants to raise chickens, but they do not live on a farm. She wasn't sure it would be possible. I assured her it was. Have a great day.

Olive Cooper said...

They are darling. My favorite store is Tractor Supply Store where we buy 20-50lb bags of bird seed.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

They sure are cute. It will be fun watching them grow up. enjoy the holiday weekend!

Farm Road Ramblings said...

Uh oh Elaine, that's how it starts. : ) I have a 1/2 acre on the outskirts of my city, and would love it to be bigger. I often look up (and dream about) farm acreage somewhere in the country, where I can have more chickens, more animals and a barn. I have decided to be content (for now), as my adult children live here, but I'm always dreaming.

Teresa@oursoutherncountryhomeandfarm said...

Oh look, I can comment here today! Yay!!!! You sound just like my hubby with all of the farm and chicken stuff. Oh yea, he has poop shoes too, lol, two tractors, and wants some cows! I do love all of the benefits of country living. I can't imagine living in the city, or a subdivision. Anyhoo, I LOVE your chicken sign. I can't let hubby see this or he will be wanting to decorate his chicken house too. Wishing you and your family a wonderful Easter!

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

What a loving and proud mama you are...your babies are already getting big...I can't wait to see what you come up with for the house.

Teresa@Magazine Your Home said...

You absolutely have the right view of life Elaine! All these Mc Mansion's are no way to live, reaching out your window and touching your neighbors house is not fun. I thank God everyday that He has given us the opportunity to live in the country. I could care less about designer clothes, acrylic nails, fashion shoes and handbags. I feel real joy in life comes from living close to the earth, digging up worms to go fishing, planting a garden then canning what you can't eat, growing and loving animals and well....I could go on forever! I hope you can move into the country someday and fulfill your dreams but in the meantime you are well on your way with those cute baby chicks!

Shannon @ Cozy Home Scenes And Cozy Home Kitchen said...

Sounds like you are having a lot of fun with your new pets and lifestyle. I'm so happy for you! Your new chicks really are cute.

Ginger Zuck said...

I cannot believe how much they have grown!! I know you are enjoying the girls so much. I almost wish I had some, but I've not committed to a dog in the last 5 years! LOL. I love our farm property, headed there today until Monday, can't wait to see what all the farmers have done since last week. Happy Easter! Enjoy your brunch, sounds so nice.

ImSoVintage said...

I really understand how you feel. I came to a point in my life where I just craved the simple things. I would rather be in my jeans out working in the yard then dressed up. Your chicks are looking very happy and your daughter is gorgeous.

Sam I Am...... said...

Yep...we're sisters! I lived on my own little acreage for 20 years and loved it and now I live "in town" and do not like it. Once you go rural it is very hard to return to anything else. So, I am moving toward another acreage. I can't relate to these "city women"! LOL! I still dress like a farmer so maybe that's why....they give me strange looks as they trot off to "the Club" in their little outfits for golf or tennis. I must look "a sight" to them! LOL!
I love how you decorated your coop! And too LOVED Tractor Supply....it was my favorite place to go and they had the neatest "gifts" at Christmas time....things a "farm gal" would love! TTYL!

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

I was thinking about you today while we were playing with baby chicks! I am mentioning you in a post later...

xo,
RJ

Kathleen Grace said...

The coop is adorable and your daughter....wow! What a gorgeous chick:>) Lol. I grew up on a farm and even though we live in suburbia we found a place with 5 acres and a little off the beaten path. You can take the girl off the farm, but you can't take the farm out of the girl!

outjunking said...

I want to run out and buy chicks right now! I grew up on the farm and we had chickens. Good memories.

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

How fun. Everyone is getting chickens. Your daughter is so pretty.

Lynn said...

So cute, I just joinned your blog and I love it. Oh my gosh, country is so in my heart, can't wait to browse your blog! Hugs, Lynn

❁Velma ~Down Our Country Road❁ said...

The chicken coop is really coming together!
I know what you mean about the smells and sights of country living. Going to the feed store (here we call it the farm center), seeing all the different things just makes the heart go pitter patter. I love the smell of freshly cut hay and the smell of hay in the barn. Dressing in jeans (and boots!) is the mainstay in country living so it's a good thing you love wearing them ;)
I live outside a small town of about 4,000 or so and I'd have it no other way! Maybe one of these days your dream will become a reality.

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