There are some new faces in our chicken coop! We brought home four new hens after seeing an ad on Craigslist from someone who was moving and couldn’t take them. The ad mentioned that they were already laying eggs so I contacted the poster to find out if they were social. He responded via text with a photo of his young son holding one of the chickens. He knew his children would be upset that the chickens were going to a new home but after I described our coop and setup he was sure that they would be happy with us, so we arranged for the hubs and I to stop by after work and pick them up before the weekend.
The new ladies have settled in quite well. We kept them separated from the other chickens the first day and tried to introduce the two groups the next, but it was very clear that the two would not do well together so we found a new home for the previous flock with another local chicken family where they could be free range and happy.
We did keep Miss Biscuit who was at the bottom of the pecking order in the last flock as evidenced by her missing feathers and ruffled appearance. It seems she holds the same position with her new coop mates but after a few squawks and flaps she knows her place and gives them space so everyone seems to be getting along well. The dogs are loving their new siblings and often go stand at the fence just to watch them.
These new ladies are very social and friendly. They come right up to us and stop and wait to be picked up when we come near them. They were also in right in the middle of things as we did a little tweaking on the yard this weekend, checking out the ladder, hoping in and out of the hen house as we were working in it and inspecting every little detail.
I leveled out the piles of dirt left from the trenches the hubs dug when he installed the chicken yard, so now everything is mostly level and ready for the grass to grow back. I pulled as much of the rock and gravel as I could out of the dirt while leveling so those piles will be added to the landscaping going in around the back deck. I also added cinderblocks around the entire perimeter of the yard which will be planted with lobelia soon to attract potential prey for our flock, and just make things a little prettier.
The hubs added a few boards over the hen house doors to hold the netting up so it doesn’t catch on the tops of the doors when they open. It’s not the prettiest setup but it works for now.
My favorite new chicken is Charlotte, an Easter Egger who has these fun fluffy feathers around her face and lays greenish blue eggs! The hubs’ favorite is the black and white chicken, Fluffy. We may change their names once we get to know their personalities more, which we’re doing quickly thanks to their willingness to be held and petted.
The change has brought a new color variety to our egg cartons too! Biscuit continues to lay her speckled brown eggs, while the two black chickens, Split and Splat, lay dark brown eggs. Fluffy lays a light brown egg which is actually a white egg with small brown spots when inspected closely, and of course Charlotte’s green egg. Sure makes our old plain white eggs seem kinda boring!
Next up for the coop is some touch up painting, tilling the yard and creating a fun sign for the fence while the hubs builds a new storage area for their food and treats. Watch for future posts as those projects are completed!