Moving day!

Today was the big day – we moved the chicks into their brand new coop.

They are just about 7 weeks old now and outgrowing the brooder quickly. One had even managed a brief escape attempt during the daily cleaning of their brooder, so my husband has been working steadily to get the coop ready.

So we are starting this first foray into raising our own chickens with 11 hens. 3 Buff Orpingtons, 3 Silver Laced Wyandottes, and 5 Barred Rocks/ Dominiques- we started with 3 of each but lost one and I have yet to figure out how to tell the rocks apart from the Dominiques. The purpose here is fresh eggs and the experience of raising chickens for our kids (well, ok for ME and the kids). So far, the girls have really enjoyed the process – getting the chicks in the mail, cleaning out the brooder each day and watching how quickly they change as they grow.

At this point, we are hanging around waiting to see if they will get brave enough to leave the coop and come out into their grassy pen. I didn’t realize chickens would be so timid about it! Hand them freedom and they decline!? One came out, walked around in the grass for like 2 minutes and then ran right back indoors! Crazy 🙂

Still haven’t decided on a name for the coop, although I have suggested calling it “the Nunnery”- as it we just have hens and it would make me giggle endlessly every time I tell my girls to “get thee to the nunnery” for eggs!! Sadly, at 8 and 4, they do not quite get the humor in that 😉

Well, if these chicks ever get brave and GO OUTSIDE I will post some new pictures of them.


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