We have been keeping very busy getting ready for winter. We knew winter would inevitably be upon us; however, there is always so much to do at the last minute. Um, like adding more chickens!?!?
Some crazy "friend" of mine convinced me that I needed more chickens. Truthfully, I do...or did. Our current flock of hens are about six years old and slowing down on egg production. I ordered ten more which means I received thirteen! Yes, that math is correct. Sometimes the hatchery throws in a couple extra for good measure if the temps are going to be chilly during the delivery process. Here are the new girls a few days old under their red heat lamp.
|Dewey (aka Mr. Helpful) the Doorman.|
In the winter time it is a different story. For some reason, the four Ameracauna chickens that live in this coop REFUSE to go outside in the winter. Yes, feel free to scratch your head here. Perhaps they are a wee bit spoiled. To help relieve congestion in this coop during the winter, my darling husband also built the "chicken annex".
|Break time for the coop assistant (Dewey) who now naps after |
consuming any available duck food or goose droppings.
To the left is the chicken annex.
Both the annex and interior coop were completed this weekend and FINALLY the chicks, now about a month old, have been moved outside.
|The "new girls on the block" enjoying some sunshine.|
They still have access to a heat lamp since the evening temps are near or below freezing
They are just babies afterall!
I love those big Rubbermaid tubs. I can track orders to ship...
|Gorgeous yarn from a Shetland sheep named, Laurel. |
It is so nice, I bought some of the roving for myself.
How profitable is that?!?!