It’s near impossible to get all five chickens in one picture. Here’s one with four of them and one in the distance.
Today marks one week from the day we finished our chicken coop and brought home our chickens. I can’t begin to tell you how much we are enjoying our chickens. They bring excitement to our house everyday. The kids LOVE looking for eggs a few times a day. The chickens are quieter than I expected and require so little maintenance (so far). Although I didn’t think I’d want them in my yard (and their coop is plenty big enough), we’ve been letting them out daily to wander around, eat grass and grubs and get a little exercise. The kids love it and the chickens do, too.
We are currently geting about two to three eggs a day. Two of our chickens just hatched in February, so they will start laying any day – but don’t think they are just yet. Once they all get comfortable and settle into their new home I think they will lay more.
Yesterday was our first day actually cooking the eggs. I don’t know why – but I was kind of hoarding them for awhile. Like they were too precious to cook – but we finally made scrambled eggs with a little shredded cheese. The kids devoured it. Our first “farm” to table meal – the first of many eggs-celent breakfasts. They were, as people have said, so much more flavorful and delicious than store bought eggs.
We picked up our chickens up from Mavis – they came home in a large box with pine shavings and were promptly put in the coop.
Where did we get our chickens? We currently have five chickens. We are so lucky to have Miss Mavis barter with us – I traded three Oroweat Outlet vouchers for three chickens. I tried to give her more in the trade, but she wouldn’t accept it. We seriously lucked out. The other two chickens I got from my friends Celia and Tom (owners of Olympia Local Foods) and I also bartered for them as well – giving them things like canned beans from my stockpile.
What kind of chickens do we have?
Amelia – Black & White Chicken – Light Brahma
Princess Lay-a-negg – Yellow Chicken – Buff Orpington
Girly – Brown Chicken- Partridge Cochin
No Name #1 – cross between an Orpington and a Jersey Giant.
No Name #2 – cross between an Orpington and a Jersey Giant.
NAME THAT CHICKEN!
The two chickens from Tom and Celia are a cross between an Orpington and a Jersey Giant. We haven’t named them yet and thought it would be fun to have the Queen Bee crew help! Can you suggest a name for our chickens? The person(s) who suggest the winning name(s) will each win a $15 Amazon gift card. We are giving away two $15 Amazon gift cards – one for each winning name.
The two chickens both look about the same (see pictures below), just a little different coloring – which was tricky to get in a photo. They didn’t listen when I asked them to stand still and smile for the camera.
To enter – it’s simple, leave a comment on this post with your suggested names by 8 p.m. PST July 10, 2012. We will vote as a family and pick the winning names – and notify the winner by email. We’ll also post the results here.
You can follow our chicken and coop journey here. And I plan to do a tutorial post on our coop soon, as well.
- Building Chicken Coops For Dummies – $12.03 (reg. $19.99)
- Chicken Coops: 45 Building Ideas for Housing Your Flock – $13.48 (reg. $19.95)
- The Joy of Keeping Chickens: The Ultimate Guide to Raising Poultry for Fun or Profit (The Joy of Series) – $14.95
- Storey’s Guide to Raising Chickens, 3rd Edition – $12.36