September 24, 2013

Chickens in the yard...

We got five little hens on Saturday this past weekend.  There are three little Rhode Island Reds and two little black ones (still trying to figure out their breed).  We got them from another family in our scouting unit.  The girls are about 6 months old and really just starting to lay well.

They are taking to their home quite nicely and I am glad to report they are liking the ants and other little bugs my yard provides.

We had an old dog kennel that we put their coop into and there is plenty of room for them to move around and peck and eat.

The coop came from the family that had them before.  The dad built it himself and it is very sturdy and makes a nice place to roost at night and there are two nice sized brood boxes with easy access to eggs once laid.

They are very well trained.  They head into the coop once it starts to get dark and they are no trouble in that regard.  We open the coop at sun up and close them in at sundown and they are very quiet most of the day with not one peep out of them during the night.

Right now my youngest wants to go out and check on them about every two hours or so and is so excited to watch them and go through the chores with me of caring for them.

The first few days have been curious days.  Youngest and our kitty have been watching and the cat has decided they are no bother so she is moving on.  LOL  They are as big as she is so I don't think she is much threat to them.  They could easily gang up on her and make her life pretty miserable very quickly.

So far... in three days.... we have gotten four eggs and we suspect there will be a few more today.

We are truly enjoying this new adventure!


  1. I love you! No one trains chickens to go in at night, they just do that. Roost at dusk. The more they can free range the better. Maybe your son can get them farther in the yard a few hours a day. What fun!

  2. Congratulations on your new pets! I would love to have you to link up at my weekly Clever Chicks Blog Hop:

    I hope you can make it!
    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick