Tuesday, April 24, 2012

What I Have Been Doing

I am very busy learning all I can about my new chicks. I know my husband thinks I have gone off the deep end and baby when I go I go hard.
Went into Barnes & Noble and used a gift card to buy this book. I have read the entire thing. It is visually a lovely book and though I would love the thought of free ranging chickens out back when I am working I have decided that they will either be in their coop or in a mobile pen I have. I move it around and it is open on the bottom so they can scratch and pick and do the chicken thing. My big dog seems very interested in them and with a three year old who follows me everywhere, I foresee an unfortunate situation. I would hate for the dog to get a hold of them and harm or kill one.


So daily I head out to the coop and let them out of the house where they sleep and feed them and give them fresh water. I visit throughout the day and let them out to head to the mobile coop for a few hours or more every day. It was so hot this weekend they had to be in some good shade and nice cool dirt. They were happy to be under the grapefruit tree.
This is my favorite girl Illy. She has been a sweetie since she came home.


That is her drinking root beer. Kidding. I made a gravity waterer out of it but she had loads of leaves scratched up in there over the weekend. They get hot and have to have cool water to drink when it is hot so I put some ice in their bowl. They pecked and bobbed at it. They had ice cold cantaloupe and lots of grass clippings to pick through. We caught grass hoppers and cracked up as the chickens caught and ate them. They would not eat a big brown one though. Hmmm.

Today I snuck out for some quiet time with the girls and had three of them on my lap just hanging out and eating the oats I brought out. I have one that is stand off ish and my be a roo. Wouldn't even acknowledge
me. Stinker. Then wondering if he/she was missing something hopped on my leg and proceeded to take a poo. I saw it coming and flung my leg out of the way. Near miss. If you don't like poop, chickens may not be your thing but really the amount of poo four chickens leave compared to my big stinky pile laying dog is nothing. And dog poo is not good for anything so lands in the land fill. My chicken poo can be added to my compost to grow my garden. I will share a home made composter I made very soon.

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26 comments:

Cranberry Morning said...

Fun post! Somehow, chicken poo, although useful, is not appealing. lol I'm going to get a copy of that beautiful book! I've been toying with the idea of getting chickens. Every post I read on this subject encourages me. But I'm worried about rats. Do you have a rat issue?

Tracy Marie said...

Congrats on your new chicks! I'm getting chickens for the first time too. And...just like you, I've been reading up. And...just like you, mu husband thinks I'm crazy. He is helping me build a coop though, so he's being a really good sport about it all. :)

Linda @ A La Carte said...

My friends love their chickens...'the girls' as they call them. Would love to see your composter as I'm thinking about making one also.

Corn in my Coffee-Pot said...

Hi Elaine!
Sounds like you and your chickens are getting along fine!
I love sitting with and seeing if they'll come up to you. My Rooster "George" ...will come up (they all do) if I have feed or a snack in my hand. He is so gentle. The girls though--- they have a feeding frenzy. But not him--he waits. Sometimes I have to hold my hand out JUST TO HIM in order for him to get treat...he is shy.

The compost will be greatly enriched now that you have the chickens-- and your garden will thank you for it!

-Pat

Kris said...

I love that you are enjoying your chickens so much!!!

Kerin said...

It's good to have passion about what we have in our lives...even when that includes chickens :)

It's All Connected said...

My daughter has free range chickens on her farm. She has never had a barn cat hurt them or problems with her own two dogs. But, two neighbour dogs came in and killed six one day. It's probably best to err on the side of caution for awhile. ~ Maureen

Olive Cooper said...

From one who is ankle deep in puppy poo I would love some chickens. Plus they could eat the crickets that eat my roses.

Debbie Booth said...

yay on the new chicks...how wonderful. Don't you love little chicks? They are so great to have. Love your posts they are always good to read.
Blessings,
Debbie

Debbie Booth said...

yay on the new chicks...how wonderful. Don't you love little chicks? They are so great to have. Love your posts they are always good to read.
Blessings,
Debbie

Our Country Bungalow said...

Loving your chicken enthusiasm! It's been a long time since our first chicks and you remind me of those days when we couldn't get enough information about our new birds.

I'm sure yours will thrive with such good care.

~cathy

Lois' Laughlines said...

Chicken poo, dog poo, that is so funny to post aboout. You are a very responsible chicken and dog owner Makes me smile today.
blessings to you.

NanaDiana said...

Oh-I love your babies...they are so cute- poop and all. Hubbies never "get it" really when it comes to some of the things we do!

I hope you have a great week. xo Diana

Georgina said...

Your chicks are quite little ladies now. They sure have grown!

Cheapchick said...

Moving the pen around for them is a much better idea. We always had to worry about chicken hawks killing them too in addition to neighbors dogs and coyotes. As long as they get a decent diet and some sunshine (which yours do) they will be happy chickens who eventually will lay eggs.

Jennifer said...

Love your blog! I'll definitely be back. :)

Shug said...

I'm really enjoying your chickens..I have heard that there is a lot of poo when you have chickens..I still would like to have some.
Thanks for letting us be a part of your chicken life!
hugs.

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

I really enjoy your chicken posts because I cannot keep chickens in our neighborhood. I will live vicariously through you! When will you be able to tell if they are hens or roos?

Teresa@Magazine Your Home said...

Your little girl is so cute, reminds me of my Betty the Ameraucana. Chicken poo is the best! So glad you are enjoying your new pastime.

Sweet Tea said...

I think it's so healthy and good for us to be passionate about many things - it puts zest into our life. I love hearing about your girls and glad you are enjoying them so much.

Barb said...

Hi Elaine,
Love chooks!!!
I grew up with chooks in the back yard .. in a large chook house my father built.We collected eggs and occasionally killed and ate a chook for special occasions.
A friend of ours had bantum chooks and us kids used to put them in dolls strollers and wheel them around..they were free fange and used to being handled. That was over 50 years ago.....Thanks for bringing back memories.
btw..we used to have an incubater and we hatched chicks in the pantry..that was fun!!
Enjoy your little ladies.
God Bless
Barb from Australia
Barb

Lisa~A Cottage To Me said...

I think it would be fun to have chicks. But, my 2 hounds would think the same, so therefore can't happen. I agree with the big pile laying good for nothing stuff. Can't wait to see your composter!

Debbiedoo's said...

You are sure having fun! Even if your hubby thinks you are off your rocker, no harm done!

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

So glad you're enjoying your girls! I'm that way too when I find a new passion...I jump in wholeheartedly!
Right now I'm that way about crocheting and decorating when I should be outside planting and landscaping. I am a little but I need to do more outside work right now. Oh well....it will all get done eventually or so I keep telling myself! LOL! Enjoy!

Kathleen Grace said...

We have yet to get our chicks, we usually wait until mid may or almost June because we put them in the coop from the beginning and I don't like it to be too cold. I have my grandfathers old brooder light that we put a heat lamp in so they stay nice and warm.
I plan to let them out enough to get used to being in the garden a bit, but with coons, possums and neighborhood dogs it has to be a special supervised treat.

nancy said...

I put out some crushed ice in an old pie pan for my girls in the summer. I also scatter water bowls around the yard, in the shade, where it's blistering. Helps keep them cool! And cool, moist snacks- grapes, cukes, melon, etc. I have seen that book, looks good! Mostly I have learned they will dig up any tender perrenials and young herbs. I have trained mine to keep out of certain areas :)

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