Our hens have begun to lay! We actually were surprised this morning when we went outside to muck out the coop and found 7 little eggs in a corner of the coop! We assume by the color of the eggs and the standard rate of maturity, they came from the black Australorp (brown) and either … Continue reading In the Fullness of Time
What a day! On the docket this week has been our church's vacation Bible school, so my husband and I and the kids are just worn out. My brain is fried, I'm not going to lie. The kids and I slept later than usual this morning- 7:15am! I know, outrageous. So I went to let … Continue reading Chicken Chasing!
Call to Me and I will answer you and tell you great and incomprehensible things you do not know. Jeremiah 33:3 You know how there come those times when everyone in the family has raw nerves and short fuses ignite over the smallest thing? That happened to us Friday. I carefully plan my outings for … Continue reading What We Feed Our Chickens
"Know well the condition of your flocks..." Proverbs 27:23 I've been really convicted lately by my own pride keeping me from walking in God's will. The consequences have been emotionally devastating. I have a proclivity to make decisions in haste and then ask God's blessing on them without first seeking His guidance in the first … Continue reading Meet Our New Flock
This is a really difficult post to write and even as I sit here, I'm intermittently sobbing. This past weekend, my husband's parents came down to help us finish building our chicken coop. We would have been at a complete loss without my father in law because he actually knows what he is doing when … Continue reading My Only Chicken
Ugh. Lumber is expensive. I know there are ways to get it cheap or scavenged. But I didn't do that. In fact, we've spent a stupid amount of money on this daggone chicken coop and run. But ya know what? I would rather it be done the right way with quality materials and only have … Continue reading Chicken Coop Building Materials List
All our girls are doing well. Before we got the chicks, I made a point of putting together a "chicken first aid kit" because I wanted to be prepared should we encounter pasty butt, coccidiosis, parasites, fungal infection, bacterial infection, respiratory infection, our cuts from bigger chicks bullying the smaller ones, etc. Fortunately, we haven't … Continue reading Chicken Update: Feed, First aid
I've been driving myself nuts trying to design a chicken coop. Honestly, there are too many choices and builds online without sufficient details in the plans about materials needed. So, I drew up my own plans. In my reading, everything said plan on more chickens than you have to account for replenishing your flock. So, … Continue reading Chicken Coop Plans
Busy day! We picked up our last two chicks at the co-op this morning- Black Cuckoo Marans. They're doing fine with the others and we now have our full flock of 9. I have a suspicion that one of our Buff Orpingtons is a rooster, based on size and wing sexing, but I've also never … Continue reading Terracing, Burning, and Grooming
When I was a kid, chicken day meant a trip to KFC after church on Sunday. Not so today! My husband woke up early to drive to the co-op and pick up our day old chicks before work. We've got 3 Buff Orpingtons (yellow chicks), 2 Ameraucanas (pretty brown patterned ones), and 2 Black Australorps … Continue reading It’s Chicken Day!!!