That’s a lot of chickens.

Day Old Dark Cornish Chicks

Destined for the dinner plate.

Yesterday morning we got the call that our new chicks were at the post office.  There are twenty-four of them as one didn’t make the trip.  These are the newest order of Frank’s meat birds.  It’s hard to think about eating them at this point because they are so stinking cute.

Luckily, the night before they arrived we hurriedly finished the laying hens coop and only emptied the brooder before we went to bed.  Just in time!

Newly finished hen house and run.

Here is the coop  and run we’ve been working on for about the last month.  This is for my egg hens.  We go the plans here.  Most of the supplies we used were reclaimed from around the farm.  You can see the old yurt deck behind the coop.  Much of the lumber you see came from there.  When the weather improves, I’ll finish staining everything.  Overall, I’m extremely happy with how it turned out.  We learned a great deal from making the coop.  I think the most important lesson that we learned is that everything takes twice as long as we think it will.   Thank you, Frank you for working so hard on this.  I know it wasn’t always fun.

Through the egg door. Bjork (front) and Florence the Machine.

The tiny chicks on the left are Silver Laced Wyandottes. I had them all named, but they look the same to me so I'm going to have to rename them, I think. They are hiding behind Bjork (who may or may not be a Roo). Bjork also may or may not be a Dominique. There is a lot about Bjork that we don't know.

Joan Jett our Barred Rock in front of Bjork the mystery chicken. Layer Gaga is in the very back. She didn't want her picture taken today, I guess.

Left to right: Florence the Machine's tail, 3 Silver Laced Wyandottes, Joan Jett, and the last Silver Laced Wyandotte.

Lastly, we have Frank’s chicken tractor and his teenager Dark Cornish chickens.  He wanted to make them a cool tractor and one day I had this thought that it could look like an old truck with a covered wagon back.  I told Frank about it and this is what he came up with.

Chicken tractor built by Frank.

We’ve talked about painting it to look like a truck with windows and a windshield and all that.  That will have to wait until the weather improves (this is the PNW, so it might be a while).  It also needs wheels in the front and possibly the back.  It is very hard to move as it is and needs two people minimum to pull it along.    I think there are going to be two more of these.  I think it would be funny to stage a race and have the trucks move slowly across the yard day by day.

Some of Frank's Dark Cornish chickens.

These are what the baby chicks will look like in a couple of months.  They aren’t nearly as beautiful as the laying birds, and I think they have weird mannerisms.  Apparently, this is a breed that some use as fighting birds by some people because they are easily provoked.  We absolutely will not be doing that as we think that is a horrible practice.  Frank chose this breed because they are good foragers and are reported to taste good.  They just get their knickers in a bunch frequently.  We are still on the fence if this is the breed we want to keep raising.  We would like to have some birds that don’t squabble so much.

The kids love checking in on the birds and petting the babies.  It’s been a family project getting ready for the birds and caring for them.   Carter, our homeschooling eight year old, did a two-week long unit on chickens and learned a ton.  He’s been educating us on a few things we didn’t know (and I’m pretty sure a few things that aren’t technically true).  I’m glad he knows so much.  He’s been a great asset and is very passionate about helping animals.

I’m reasonably certain that we won’t be adding to the chicken flocks for a while.  We have a lot of birds and need to make to make a few more tractors to accommodate all of them.

Next, I need to get ready for the bees that are on their way.  There is always so much to do.


13 Comments on “That’s a lot of chickens.”

  1. The pictures are awesome they are all getting so big, I can’t wait to be eating our own eggs again, none of the grocery store eggs are the same. I’m also curious to see what becomes of our wee dark cornish that the laying chickens have adopted.

  2. The chicken coop looks fanatstic! How many chickens in all do you guys have now? I love the part about getting confused over their names. They do all look a tad bit alike. 🙂

    • Thank you Erika! They do look alike don’t they? We have nine chickens in the layer coop, 23 chickens in the chicken tractor and 24 baby chicks in the brooder, which is inside the yurt. More than we can name for sure.

  3. Jill Maland says:

    You guys have been busy! I would love to come by and check out the birds sometime. I would also LOVE to hear some of Carter’s maybe-not-true chicken facts. 🙂

  4. Vanessa says:

    Nice Hen house and I like your truck/tractor. 🙂

  5. Your new coop is great! Thanks for the link to the plans. I love the chicken truck/tractor too. Chicks are so much fun. So far we have 15 new babies hatched out, plus another one peeping from inside the egg. 🙂

  6. keileigh says:

    Cute chickens, and your hen house looks great! Can’t wait to keep reading about your adventures with yurt life! 🙂

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