Friday, May 27, 2011

Chicken Chronicles: Patio Livin'

More from the Chicken Chronicles... wherein the chicks take over the patio until the coop gets finished. Take it away, Lisa!


Chicken Update!
May 12, 2001

Well, we have a little bit of sad news.  One of our little blue Ameraucanas didn't make it.  We had one that just wasn't getting any bigger and last week the size difference was pretty drastic so I was really worried.  And then one day it just couldn't hardly wake up and I couldn't get it to eat or drink and eventually it passed away.  Poor little thing!  I knew there was a good chance this would happen so I was prepared, but still a little heartbroken.  :-(

But the good news is that the rest of the 18 are doing great and getting BIG!!!  I love these silly chickens!  They are so fun to watch and listen to.  They are a lot of fun.  The other bad news though, the coop is still not finished!!!  And so all 18 chickens are still living in our house!  Haha - I'm almost embarrased to admit that!  What's worse is that I'm going to be a little sad when the day comes for them to go outside!  I had decided to move them out to the screened-in porch this weekend but WILL decided it was still too chilly at night.  So anyone that has heard Will talk about how they are my chicks, not his, and he has nothing to do with it knows the real story! 

Here's a couple of shots from this morning of us playing with some of our sweeties. Here's Liam with a Light Sussex - there are 3 and they are all the friendliest of the bunch by far.  They seek out attention and are little darlings.

Here's one of the Blue Laced Red Wyandottes.  They are also very friendly little buggers.

And a group shot from in the playpen.

The funniest new thing about them is that a couple of their voices are changing and now amid all the constant peeping is an occasional awkward big chicken cluck.  It cracks me up every time.  I'm now just waiting for my first little cock-a-doodle-doo!!  We have gotten a good bit done on the coop and if the weather cooperates hopefully by the weekend the run will at least be finished enough for outdoor playtime.  Anyone of you handy folks feel like coming over this weekend????

The Big Chicks Move Outside!
May 20, 2011

So last night we finally bit the bullet and moved our big 6 week old chicks outside.  I really needed to clean out their pen and thought that even though I had wanted to move them out in the morning rather than at night, I just needed to do it.  Will was funny and pulled up the weather and decided we should wait until Sunday just to be sure.  So we agreed on that and I went to get them all cleaned out.  But as soon as I was about to add the new bedding I just couldn't stand it.  The mess and dust in our kids' playroom was just overwhelming and I decided they had to go.  So Will helped me move the pen out to the screened-in porch and we cranked up their heat emitter and moved them out!  

The Light Sussex chicks are still the friendliest of the bunch.  Always very curious!

They settled in quickly and I even had to turn the heat down a bit.  I guess we were silly worrying so much!  This morning the chicks were doing great and I love having them on the porch.  I can open up the top and let them fly out to come and play.  And we can watch them from inside and see what they're up to.  They are so fun!  Here's a little of our morning play time.

This little one was just taking off to fly over to the couch.  Liam cracks up and gets so excited when they fly around!

My beautiful Blue Laced Red Wyandotte.  But, a boy.  Booooooo.  I think he is the prettiest of the whole bunch and I'm bummed he's a boy.  I hope to find him a really good home though.

I love how curious they are.  This girl is saying "Hmmm... what's going on in there?"

The other 4 are still inside and are getting their feathers VERY slowly, so it will be a while before they go out.  But the dust from 4 chicks is way more manageable than from 18!!!  Now if we can just get that coop finished the big chicks will be ready in no time!

In other news, we are very excited for the Henside the Beltline Tour D'Coop tomorrow!  If you are looking for a fun, family friendly outdoor activity this weekend you should check it out at!  Hope to see you there!

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