This is just a little recap of our first six months with Chickens. It's not meant to serve as a how-to, and I am certainly not trying to pass myself off as a chicken expert! We get asked all the time "so, how do you like having chickens?" So I thought I would answer!
Back in February Matt and I loaded the boys into the car and took a long winding drive through Amish country to pick up four teeny tiny peeping balls of fluff. I've wanted to have a few chickens for a loooong time, but up until now, we didn't live in a place that we could have them. BUT NOW. Now I'm trying to talk Matt into raising ducklings as well :) (Kidding. Mostly.)
Australorps. (See that brownish blob behind the chick? That's Jacobear. He loves the chickens too, and is never agressive towards them)
these directions (more or less - we made it work for our space). I have heard a lot of people say that they would not keep the chickens in their living space, which I understand, but we didn't have anywhere else that was safe for them, plus I think it helped them get used to the boys. Also - I really loved hearing their little peeps.
**Chicken Fun Fact: Newly hatched chicks sleep like they are dead. I don't mean they are sound sleepers, I mean they flop over, legs all willy nilly, and fall asleep anywhere. I hadn't read that before and I was convinced our chicks were sick, but no! Just sleeping!**
They slowly feathered out over the next weeks, and around 5 weeks old or so, we started taking them outside to their run on balmy spring days. At first this was almost pitiful, as they just kind of huddled together in the corner, but they warmed up to being outside pretty quickly.
At somewhere between 6 and 7 weeks, we moved them our into their coop permanently. We do let them out to free-range pretty regularly, but only when one or both of the adults are outside. They never seem to wander far - but we live next to a farm and their vegetable garden is pretty close. I would hate for my chickens to wreak havoc among the neighbors tomatoes, ya know?
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