Posts tagged #Chickens

Barn Day 2

First, a picture of the birds. The bigger ones are the keets, they are huge now! The chickens are all getting their feathers in too. All of the birds can fly now so feeding and watering them is getting tricky. It takes two people, one to do the work and one to wave them back in when they try to escape.

Aren't they funny looking now? 

Aren't they funny looking now? 

Now on to the building progress:

The barn almost looks like a real building already. Today there were only two guys, but they still got a lot done.

The barn almost looks like a real building already. Today there were only two guys, but they still got a lot done.

The coop is going to be a very cute little building up there.

The coop is going to be a very cute little building up there.

Posted on May 23, 2013 .

Growing

Lots of new things to share today!

First up, the barn!!!!!

new barn

The crew showed up just before 7:00 this morning and worked until dinner time! 

chicken coop

The chicken coop is now racing the barn. ;)

Dave got all of the wood to do the framing milled so he worked all day on putting it to use. It is going to have some plexiglass windows to let in light and a fenced in run on the uphill side. The run will be for times when we will be away and the winter. The plan is for the chickens to free range the majority of the time. 

The guienna fowl will have a separate coop on the south side of the barn. Instead of a fenced run for winter, they will have access to the inside of the barn.

Last but not least...we have added even more animals! Today we went and picked up three kittens from Lucy's bus driver. A stray had a litter of five under his porch and he was trying to find homes for them. Knowing that we are suckers, I mean kind farmers, he asked us if we would take any of them. After calling around for an affordable option for spaying/neutering, I talked Dave into three kittens. We grabbed the first three we could get our hands on from under the porch and brought them home. We have not yet determined if they are boys or girls, so no names yet. One is very mellow but the others hiss and spit at us. We are guessing they are five to six weeks old, so I have some kitten formula (who knew Tractor Supply sold kitten formula!) and I am going to get some wet cat food tomorrow to also offer them. 

They look pretty scared in this picture, but I assure you they were snuggling into the blankets after drinking some milk replacer about an hour ago. 

They look pretty scared in this picture, but I assure you they were snuggling into the blankets after drinking some milk replacer about an hour ago. 

I will try to make sure to post a picture of the barn and coop each day until they are done so check back soon!

Posted on May 22, 2013 .

Spring Has Sprung

It feels like we have skipped right over spring and went straight to summer. It has been sunny and warm, practically perfect! (We could use a bit of rain, but I am not complaining or worried yet.) 

All manner of things are growing around here:

The keets are losing their down and growing feathers at a surprisingly quick rate!

The keets are losing their down and growing feathers at a surprisingly quick rate!

The seedlings are stretching towards the sun.

The seedlings are stretching towards the sun.

Charlie is looking very handsome since he shed his winter coat.

Charlie is looking very handsome since he shed his winter coat.

I can't leave Gus out. He is, well, he is Gus. :)

I can't leave Gus out. He is, well, he is Gus. :)

Last but not least, our latest additions! Last Thursday I added 25 chicks to the brooder. I got a few different heritage breeds so that I could get different colored eggs and compare how they grow and lay.

Last but not least, our latest additions! Last Thursday I added 25 chicks to the brooder. I got a few different heritage breeds so that I could get different colored eggs and compare how they grow and lay.

Posted on May 7, 2013 .