Wednesday, January 20, 2010
A week ago, I picked up these three older hens. They are pretty shy but come around quickly if you have delicious cracked corn or sunflower seeds in hand! We weren't going to name the chickens, but these ones came with names. Starting on the left is Beatrice a 3 year old Speckled Sussex, Phyllis a 4 year old Speckled Sussex/Silkie cross, and Shy Violet (that's right, like the character from Rainbow Brite), a 3 year old Ameraucana/Easter Egger. They all lay "when they feel like it", but no eggs on BC Farms yet. Shy Violet lays blue eggs! Since they are older and don't lay as "prolifically" they will probably be used more as incubators, as their past owner said that they were very good mothers.
Two days later we picked up the Lunches: four White Rock (Plymouth Rocks) hens, and a blue Orpington rooster. They all answer to the word "Lunch", so thats what they are named as far as I'm concerned. They are all just under a year old and were hatched in/around April 2009. The rooster doesn't make too much noise, but does crow every now and then!
For now the chickens reside in dog houses that have been turned into chicken coops. Pictures will be added once they are all finished. They have a good sized pen to forage around in during the day too. Inside of the coops/dog houses we are doing something similar to the deep litter method in order to build up compost, plus it helps keep the coops warm! Other compost (like food scraps or grass clippings) are going to be put in the chicken pen since they'll either eat it or help compost it. I'm hoping to have some really good "stuff" to put on the vegetable garden in the spring!
The chicken coops need finishing touches, perches need to be put up, and lighting needs to be added so the hens will lay! Hopefully more progress on them will be done this weekend with that.
Note: The BC_Farms flickr account will be updated shortly with chicken and other farm pics!