r is for roosters

R is for Roosters (and chickens)

I love roosters. Well, chickens in general. Before we moved to our neighborhood, we had about 12 chickens, including 2 roosters. One was a bantam (we called him O’Connell) and the other was a mix (we called him Phoenix). He was a beautiful red rooster with a high arching green tail. Simply beautiful. Since we’re…

chicken butchering

Chicken Butchering

It looks like next week is THE week for killing our two extra roosters. We had three but one has since died. I think the other chickens pecked him to death. So sad. We called them the Three Amigos. There were 5 roosters that came in with Lauren’s little bantams. Needless to say, we now…

New Chicks

Their original little home when we brought the chicks home. Matilda Sh’daisy Petunia The brooder house Happy chicks in their new home A few weeks ago we added 5 new chicks…

chicken inspections

Chicken Inspections

After our discovery of Bumblefoot and talking chickens with our chicken mentor, Debra, we decided that we would schedule monthly chicken inspections. Lauren is our resident chicken expert so anytime we need to know what’s going on, she is in her chicken books reading what she can on how to treat different ailments, conditions, etc.…

fixing bumblefoot in chickens

Fixing Bumblefoot in Chickens

When we brought our chickens home I did not think about upkeep. I figured they would be perfectly healthy and we’d feed them in exchange for a daily supply of eggs. We’d change their water and clean out their coop, let them free range and all would be well with them. Okay…that’s a bit naive…

Chicken Coop Tutorial #2

Our chickens are now as happy as can be in their new home. We are getting between 2-3 eggs a day which isn’t too bad. I hope it picks up a little bit but considering our crazy weather, the chickens are probably just as confused by the winter and/or spring weather that changes each day.…

Chicken Coop Tutorial #1

Chicken Coop Tutorial #1

There are a million and one plans for chicken coops. We looked at and considered many. But, the most obvious choice for us was to convert Lauren’s playhouse into a chicken coop. It affords the chickens room to move inside and will eventually open up to an attached chicken run. Here’s our┬áChicken Coop Tutorial #1.…

Chickens!!

Yes, our chickens have arrived! We were debating on how we were going to get 10 chickens home, plus a coop, fencing material, a brooder and all the other materials we were given with these chickens. Talk about a blessing!! Lauren has been wanting chickens for a few years but we…