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Saturday, December 7, 2013

Backyard Chickens Update

It has been a while since I shared about our new chickens. They are so cute and I really am loving chicken keeping again. 

All the girls are at laying age now but with much shorter daylight hours we have not seen an egg yet. Maybe not till after the first of the year when days start getting longer. Their combs are starting to get really red but that's a good sign we are getting closer.

I bought this red and white flower basket for their coop to bring in a little Christmas color. It cheers me up much more than them I am sure.

chicken coop,

The chickens spend their days scratching and dust bathing. For the most part these bantams are a little more skiddish than my other girls but I am fine with that. I do not chase them around traumatizing them. If I need to pick one up I do it in the evenings when they have settled on their roost in the coop.

bantam chickens

Cupcake remains the most inquisitive of the bunch and will come and see what I am doing at all times. She stares down our chihuahua like she is saying," come at me bro." They crack me up. All healthy and happy for now and waiting on what Santa will bring them. All of our animals get a present on Christmas morning. Do you do that with your pets?

white cochin bantam


Cranberry Morning said...

You have no idea how happy I am that you have your chickens again! I want chickens too, but today when I look at the thermometer that reads -14 F., I think I wouldn't like to have chickens in the wintertime. Taking the dogs out and feeding the birds is a lot less work than taking care of chickens and a coop. I'll enjoy watching your chickens. :-)

Linda @ A La Carte said...

So good to see the girls getting older and looking so happy! I always get my pet a Christmas present!!

Corn in my Coffee-Pot said...

well, don't they all look fat and sassy!
love the little christmas basket for color.

Kris said...

They are all looking really good! I think they will lay before the the daylight hours change. Mine are. Not the older ones, as they are all in molt. But I am getting several every day from the younger group.
Love their basket of flowers.
xo kris

Maryjane-The Beehive Cottage said...

Such pretty girls! Hope they do okay with all the cold weather we have had! Merry Christmas! xox

Lisa Tucker said...

Cute, cute, cute!!! I'm so happy you have chickens again! It makes me smile...:) And yes I will make sure mine also have a Christmas treat!
Have a great day!

Amy at Ms. Toody Goo Shoes said...

That's a bunch of good lookin' chicks! Love that they get Christmas presents!

Linda W. said...

Thanks for the chicken update! I always like to hear how they're doing.

Mary @ Ms. Redo said...

Glad to see your chickens doing well, love the flower in the coop! I can't wait to see what your get the girls (the chicken ones) for Christmas :)


Our Neck of the Woods said...

They are such pretty girls! I've never raised bantams, but it seems like they are a bit more wary of people than standard chickens. I hope you get some eggs soon!