OK, there’s been some questions about the chickens, mostly from Wendy.
There are two chickens. (Important to start small I’d say, although my wife were discussing 2 or 3 for a long, long time) I have no idea what kind they are. My friend stole them from her dad’s flock of 50-60 birds. They were just hatched about 6 weeks ago. As you can tell they are brown and white. And we are fairly sure they are both girls. If one or both isn’t we’ll trade them in.
No names yet because the kids haven’t had time to name them yet, but they are excited to name them. I was trying for a variety of names. Kentucky for one and Fried for the other. Foghorn Leghorn is a possibility, but there’s trouble since they are both girls.
The chickens are solely for eggs.
I have some observations.
They are very skittish. This could be because they are new, I’m not sure. They are certainly, um, chicken of me. he he
I’m amazed at the amount of poo that comes out of them. And we already have a ton of flies back there, and it’s only been two days! If anyone has any tips on this I’m all ears. I’m using shredded paper in the coop for bedding (the advantage of an office job is a ton of shredded paper) and eventually the run will be lined with either straw, leaves or grass clippings, depending on what time of year it is.
I’ve been trying to bribe them with lettuce and such to get them closer to me. They aren’t taking. Anyone know of any good treats for them?
They seem to like their coop, which is good, but I’d like them to forage a little more. My friend says they won’t eat the creeping charlie, but I’ve seen them chomp it so we’ll have to see what happens there.
I was having a problem with the paper getting in the water dish, but I hung it from the ceiling tonight, so hopefully that problem is solved.
I love them already. When I go back there they scoot around and they make cool sounds.
We had our first escape attempt yesterday. Our dog busted through/under the door to the chicken run (admittedly it’s not very sturdy) and was going after them when I made her “you’re being naughty” noise. (it sounds like the horn of a Renault) She hit the brakes and hit the ground and got totally submissive. (why you take them to obidience school) But in the meantime one chicken flew up to the fence post and then jumped down to the neighbor’s yard. I hopped the fence and with my wife’s help we corraled it back over the fence. We didn’t look too silly chasing it around. The other one landed in the potato patch and it was trapped by the fencing so I just put it right back in.
Needless to say the dog is escorted out for now and I’ll be upgrading the door shortly.