Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Our Chickens... and Roosters.

Boy, our chickies have grown! Remember when they looked like this...

Well, those tiny little fluff balls are long gone and have been replaced by these beauties...

*This post was just interrupted by Emily's screaming. I ran outside to see what was wrong and lo and behold Sunflower (a rooster, she named him) was chasing her about the property. According to her she wanted to PET it and he pecked hand and then proceeded to chase her. Bad rooster!*

It's hard to get a decent picture of them, since they seem to crowd around me thinking that I've walked out to feed them. Sunflower is especially guilty of tripping me and pecking my boots. That little rooster sure does have a lot of spunk for being the runt of the litter. The name Sunflower is a whole 'nother story. Emily named him this when they were still chicks and we couldn't distinguish between male and female. Turns out, he was a male. LOL

Since the beginning of this adventure we've lost THREE chickens. Two of them at the hands of our own puppies, and the other we're still not sure WHAT took it. We also added THREE chickens... so we're pretty much where we started. In total we have FOUR roosters and SIX chickens. The chickens are nice and fat... er, plump. Their offspring will make great meat chickens. The roosters... well, they're a pain in the butt to deal with. We'll have to get more chickens because they don't seem to want to be nice and share. Men... can't live with them, and can't live without them. Right? Right.

Just this past weekend we found an EGG! Our very first!

We then debated on whether we should eat it, or build a homemade incubator. Turns out making an incubator is rather easy, but the chances of one egg making it to the other side... well, that's not so easy. We'll have to keep our eyes open and see if they keep laying more eggs and where it is they do. If we can get a decent amount of eggs, we might try our hand at incubating them.

It's turning out to be a fun experience for ALL of us. I can't wait for Spring to get here so that I can take pictures of the chickens with their baby chicks. *squee*

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