To lay or not to lay…..

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My girls were laying real well for a few weeks but my egg production went down again due to the nasty weather we have had.  I have lost one so far to a virus.  I have been keeping a close eye on the rest to make sure nobody else has it.  I am cleaning out the waterers a lot and checking to make sure the coop is sanitary.  (As sanitary as a house full of poop and straw can be.)   I am considering putting down some DE to help.  If any of you have tried it in your coop let me know how it worked out for you.

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Front porch chickens

A few months ago I found one of my hens sleeping in the corner of my front porch.  She is a friendly Golden Comet…they have the best temperaments!   It was freezing out and she was sleeping on concrete.  Yikes!  I know I would be a tad cold.  So I grabbed a milk crate and filled it with straw and my hubby picked her up and stuck her in it and she has used it off and on since.   Because of her wandering nature I have named her Hobo.  Well a few days ago I walked onto the front porch and peeked over in the crate…and I saw three eggs.  They weren’t from the same layer.  So I made sure to pay attention the next day to see who is laying them.  A soon as I heard a hen in the front yard carrying on (bragging about her egg laying capabilities I guess) I ran to the front door and sure enough there was Hobo announcing to the world that she is the greatest egg layer of all time.  Well, that’s how it sounded anyway.  I looked over and saw a big brown egg from my girl.  I also happened to notice that there are two more hens waiting.  A Rhode Island Red and a Black Australorp.   So my question was quickly answered and now the three of them lay in there everyday.  I am hoping that word doesn’t get out about the front porch, because I really don’t feel like hosing it off everyday.  Here is a pic of the corner crate and the eggs my girls left me.  Today there are four eggs so I have no idea who laid that one.  So I suppose the mystery isn’t completely over!

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Guineas…love em’ or leave em’!

Guineas are fantastic to have around the yard.  They eat tons of bugs including their favorite snack…ticks!  Yup…they love those little blood suckers.  They are great for gardening too.  They will eat bugs off of plants without hurting the plants themselves.  (Most of the time anyway.)  The only drawback is if you are like me and have a toddler that still naps and they decide they see something they don’t like and start barking.  They are loud!  I have to shoo them away from the house at times.  Since we have had them we rarely see many ticks.  So I would tell anyone that has a few acres to go get two or three and enjoy living without pesticides in their yard!

Backyard chickens

Looks like I got back on here sooner than expected!

My chicken coop is in my backyard and I love it!  My hubby and my dad converted it from a horse stable last summer and it has worked out great.  It is nice and roomy for the chickens.  I highly recommend using whatever materials you may already have at your disposal.  Chickens don’t require much so they don’t need a Taj Mahal of a coop.  I was fortunate enough to already have a barn that wasn’t being used, but you can use almost anything that will provide them a shelter.  If you are only going to have 2-4 chickens you could just use a dog house.  If you are in a neighborhood you will also need to build a coop yard.  It doesn’t need to be huge but big enough for the little cuties to get some exercise.  We are planning to build our coop yard onto the coop this spring.  As soon as that gets started I will share some pics of it.

I also wanted to share some pics with you of my chicken family.  So here is the first of many to come!

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Here is a pic of my Mille Fleur.  She is a sweet girl!

So Excited!

Waiting for their morning treat!

Waiting for their morning treat!

I have been dying to share my life with my chickens with others.  I have had chickens for about a year and half and it’s been the most enriching experience.  When people talk to me about whether or not they should have chickens it takes me about 2 seconds or less to say..”You will love it!”  They are peaceful little creatures that don’t need much from the world.  When I have a hard day with the kids or I need to de-stress for any reason I go spend a few minutes walking among them and I am instantly relaxed.  So I say to all of you that are just thinking about it…Stop thinking and go for it!  (After checking out your local requirements and limits for poultry.  This is very important!)  I will post a pic tomorrow so you can see my life with my chickens!