New Residents

We brought home baby chicks last week, but, because we don’t want to wait until fall to have our own eggs, we also picked 3 Ameraucana chickens, 2 years old, from craigslist. Megan’s sister Ana brought them down from Washington for us on Sunday.

Unfortunately, we weren’t 100% ready to have chickens inhabiting the new coop we’ve been working on. We bought a small coop from a classmate of Talina’s, and put that in the yard to the new, much larger chicken coop-in-progress. However, we didn’t have time to put a door on the gate before the chickens arrived! So, their first day in their new home they escaped a few times. The last time, we could only find the two lighter ladies, the darker colored chicken had completely gone missing!! We were very worried she’d been carried off by a hawk, but, this morning when I went out to check for eggs and food, I heard a chicken clucking in the barn! Turns out she’d been hiding in an old feed bin all night – not only that, she’d laid a lovely blue egg in there!

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Our new, makeshift yard gate. Eventually, we’ll get a gate building expert here, but for now, it’s chicken wire stapled to a board.

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All three ladies happily munching worms in their new yard.

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Two blue eggs! Not bad for the first night!

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The ladies seem to like hiding under their coop, so we’ll have to build them a bigger shelter.¬† Now that we know we DIDN’T lose a hen to a hawk the first day, no sense letting it happen for real in the future.