If you have chickens, farm animals will come :-). Apparently….

My wife and the visiting horse

My wife and the visiting horse


We have moved the coop into the large pen and mounted the food and water containers. We are still using the heat lamp as it is still a bit chilly at night. The girls really enjoyed being out today in their new chickie condo. They pecked and scratched and had a ball expanding into their larger home. So we rounded them into the roost for the night and thought we were done for the evening. After dinner, I was playing some video game and heard the dogs losing their minds. After an investigation, we saw we had a horse in the backyard cropping our grass. She visited us for about 45 minutes. Turns out Theresa is fearless and had no trouble petting the horse and feeding her carrots. The chickens never noticed but it must be farmy like for a horse to stop by. We called the police and a horse owner in the area helped us out and is trying to find the real owner. Interestingly, this is the second horse we have had visit, must be some sweet grass in our yard.
The coop is outside and occupied!

The coop is outside and occupied!

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Pretty soon we transition to the coop!

Our starter coop

Our starter coop


We will be sending our ladies outside to their new digs in a week or so. We want to ensure they are fully feathered and the weather is finally warming a bit. They have gotten quite a bit larger as you can see. We will be utilizing the large dog run the house came with. The coop will be placed in the run and hopefully will provide them with some protection. We covered the top in netting from Agway. I have a few more pictures for your viewing pleasure. One thing I have been surprised by is that many people we have spoken with are looking forward to our eggs as much as we are. What’s odd is I have never met these people before but they stand ready to buy ours eggs. Weird huh?

About 3 weeks old and getting feathered

About 3 weeks old and getting feathered

The dog run with the netting...about 26' x 30'

The dog run with the netting…about 26′ x 30′

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Our journey with chickens…..

We recently acquired 6 baby chicks . Named them after the females in Harry potter. Had them for a week and two days. 3 red sex links, and 3 barred rocks.  We have all the tools we need to raise them now we are waiting til they get sufficient feathers to move into their new coop and holding pen outside.  As we learn we will post pics and stories. Welcome and enjoy…..Image

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