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Of chickens and chicks

Posted by joeabbott on July 19, 2015

OK … I used to talk about hiking and climbing, and now I’m spending more time detailing our chickens. It’s OK, I tell myself, just a phase.

imageLast night Suzy and I sat around our fire pit, enjoying the evening cool air, a small fire, the opportunity to both burn some old receipts and toast some marshmallows. The chickens behind the fence were quietly cooing and scratching the earth. It was a nice evening.

imageCombine that with a bonza morning! I was out around 7:30AM in the 70°F Seattle weather, enjoying something cool and reading the paper. The cats were out and I saw Trimble starting to roll in the fire pit ashes … time to clean that out. It was also time to visit our chickens.

I realize now that I’ve talked a lot about stuff we’ve built for the ladies, but there’s not a single hen in the pictures I’m taking. These aren’t great shots, but I snapped a few this morning:

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The picture on the left are our adults: the five nearest are the hens we recently integrated into the flock. They were hand-raised from less-than-24-hours, so they’re very sociable. The hen on the path and the Rhode Island Red are two of our three older birds. The sassy Easter Egger in the picture on the right is another new bird. She’s usually the most timid, so I’m surprised when she’s this “bold”. But, as we feed them treats from our hands and pet their backs at the same time, she’s becoming more used to the humans here and not as much of a “chicken” … pardon the pun. The alpha hen? Well, she’s going through a broody phase so was either in the nest box or, if we’ve pulled her out, she’ll be by the food and water.

And here are two shots of the newest chickens: one from the door to there temp coop and the other through the fencing … that shows a bit more of the coop when it’s in use:

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The chicks are still skittish, but I’m not putting the time in with them that we did our last hens. The area we have to socialize with them in is very small and with the 90°F days we’ve been having, sitting on a tiny stool in a cramped chicken coop is about the last thing I’m interested in doing! But, we do spend some time there and the chicks are coming along nicely.

As for the temp coop itself … well, it’s holding up very nicely. They’ve taken to the steps better than I’d hoped, they have ample room (although we’ll feel better when we open the entire yard to them), and the shelter area is holding up. Not bad for just whacking together a few odds and ends from the garage!

But, that’s the tour, this time with real chickens. While spending my weekend time with chickens and their facilities requiring shop time may be a phase, it’s a fun phase. Thanks for dropping in for a peek.

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2 Responses to “Of chickens and chicks”

  1. I loved going though my “chicken phase”!

  2. francesjoanabbott said

    Joe, I loved the photo of the Chickenville ladies – quite a variety of finery! RoJean just phoned and we had an hours’ catch-up visit – I mentioned your blog at one point, she checked it out and was delighted with it! Momma

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