Chickens!

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June 17, 2013 by magpiemenina

We’ve been so busy outside I’ve hardly been online! We’ve been making a raised bed garden and an elaborate home for our nine chickens, who we got in March. I’m finally ready to share some pictures!

The chickens, back in March. Aren't they cute?

The chickens, back in March. Aren’t they cute?

Jaybird wielding his tool of choice.

Jaybird wielding his tool of choice.

The floor supports and walls on their way up

The floor supports and walls on their way up

Getting the roof up there

Getting the roof up there

Ingrid and Egg Capone, the rooster, happily roaming.

Ingrid and Egg Capone, the rooster, happily roaming.

All the chickens, checking out the verge.

All the chickens, checking out the verge. We have three Barred Plymouth Rocks (Agnes, Edith, and Agatha)- they are absolutely delightfully friendly; two Rhode Island Reds (Donald, who resembled a certain celebrity during her chickhood, and Egg Capone, the rooster); two Black Sex Links (Rosie and Dolores – Black Sex Links are crosses between the Plyms and Rhodes); one Australorp (Lulu); and one white bantam of some sort (Ingrid).

Jaybird installing the rain barrel while the chickens look on.

Jaybird installing the rain barrel while the chickens look on.

 

The picture is a little dark, but Donald wanted to roost on Jaybird's arm. Egg Capone looked on to make sure everything was ship-shape.

The picture is a little dark, but Donald wanted to roost on Jaybird’s arm. Egg Capone looked on to make sure everything was ship-shape.

We had to fence them in. Chickens do like to roam, and we did not want them to get hit, bother the neighbors, or get in the way of the people who mow the city property near us. Incidentally, if you are wondering, we did all this with the proper permits and are allowed to have chickens by a fluke of zoning.

The chickens came over to watch me while I was in the garden. There is a small gate and a large gate in their enclosure.

The chickens came over to watch me while I was in the garden. There is a small gate and a large gate in their enclosure.

They are very curious.

They are very curious.

Finished! For now...

Finished! For now…

Just before he "flew the coop" (couldn't resist!) for a tour of duty, Jaybird put down the floor for what will eventually be the greenhouse front for the coop.

Just before he “flew the coop” (couldn’t resist!) for a tour of duty, Jaybird put down the floor for what will eventually be the greenhouse front for the coop.

The Hen House window and door. Eventually the windows will be supported with chains. My mother-in-law sent us the sign. It adds a touch of class to the shanty in our backyard!

The Hen House window and door. Eventually the windows will be supported with chains. My mother-in-law sent us the sign. It adds a touch of class.

There’s is work still to be done. The finishing touches on the windows…the greenhouse front…but then, there always is. Just have to get the greenhouse walls up before fall!

I thought I had more pictures of the garden somewhere…

We constructed an awesome self-watering system. I’ll post about that soon, I promise!

A quick and easy latch - two used nails, some rope, and an old washer.

A quick and easy latch – two used nails, some rope, and an old washer.

Here's a view of our garden. I thought I had more pictures, up close.

A general view.

 

4 thoughts on “Chickens!

  1. Christy Rieger says:

    My girls and I loved learning about your chickens! The coop looks very deluxe. How does your cat get along with all these birds?

  2. magpiemenina says:

    Thank you very much! I’m glad you all enjoyed the article. The cat was mildly interested in watching them when they were chicks. When they were almost ready to go outside, one pecked him on the nose. After that, I think it was war. We moved the chickens out before the battle could be joined, though. Mew is an indoor cat only, so I’m not sure that he is even aware of their existence. There are usually birds to watch which are closer to the window.🙂

  3. Liz says:

    Very interesting article. I enjoyed reading it. Thanks for sharing!

  4. magpiemenina says:

    Thank you for reading it! Chickens are quite a treat.

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