The girls Lucy(Australorp), Eileen(Easter Egger), And Phoebe (Silver Laced Wyandotte)
The chicks are growing by leaps and bounds, they look bigger everyday and are almost fully feathered. Unfortunately we lost Millie (the black star) but the others are doing great. Lucy, Eileen, and Phoebe are hysterical, very comical and easily excited. I've been putting them out in the run during the day and back inside at night. As soon as they are fully feathered they will be moved into their eglu and my house will no longer smell like a barn.
Thursday, September 4, 2008
You would think a person who is terrified of birds would not want pet chickens but because of the thought of fresh eggs and all the wonderful chicken poo for the compost, I've decided to put my fears aside. I picked the babies up at the post office (yes they come in the mail) and brought them home yesterday. I was absolutely terrified, I was convinced they would jump out of the box and peck my eyes out. Luckily, I was wrong. They are actually very sweet and when they peck it doesn't hurt. I've had to handle them quite a bit as one of them keeps getting pasted up (poop stuck all over his little bum) which is very dangerous and has to be cleaned regularly. I chose four breeds that are said to be friendly and good egg layers: Easter Egger, Black Star, Australorp and a Silver Laced Wyandotte. They will live in the house for the next 3-4 weeks and will eventually move outside to their eglu. Hopefully this will help with my bird fear and I will stop running for the house every time there's a woodpecker visiting my garden.