The notion of having chickens running around seems to have been romanticized lately. Actually, the idea of having fresh, organic eggs was what motivated me to mention the "idea" to some friends at church. When they showed up with seven baby chicks, I was honestly petrified because I had no idea what taking care of chickens entailed. My mother is still laughing.
So we wholeheartedly embraced the chicks and moved them into the laundry room. Tiger the cat was not amused.
Fast forward a few months and the two that survived have happily moved into their new home that Luis built out of mostly scrap wood. (No, Tiger did not eat them, they just didn't make it. I am told that's how it is with baby chicks. ) They enjoy roaming the woods all day and somehow know that when dark comes, they head home. Very smart these chicks are.
When they start laying, which should happen in October, I will gather eggs in the same basket my grandfather gathered eggs here on this property. Apparently the colored wire holding his basket together is dynamite wire. When my dad told me that, I did not ask any more questions.
I thought the chicken house needed a sign, so I looked online for vintage "Egg" signs...
(notice they have roosters)
...then ended up painting my own. I like Mr. Rooster getting the word out.
My great grandmother's little guesthouse overlooks the new chicken house.
Our beautiful Rhode Island Reds have grown up...
...and will soon be giving us big, brown, organic eggs.
...here on the farm:-)
(tractor courtesy of my dad:-)
The friends who gave us the chicks are cattle farmers. I did also happen to mention to them that I would love fresh, organic beef, lol.
The kids are really enjoying the chickens, and now my parents have added a new elkhound puppy. We are looking for a rooster and two more hens. They can all join the coyotes, bears and other animals that live around here. There is nothing like living in the country:-)
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