Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Gidget gets chickens

Gidget celebrated her 3rd birthday recently and we decided it was finally time to get her the chickens she's always wanted. If you're a regular reader of this blog then you know that Gidget has been most unhappy about only being a vegetable gardener. She has always wanted to be a free range chicken farmer.

We got 7 Araucana pullets that were born on April 7th so they celebrated their 2 two weeks on the planet yesterday. At first they were so teeny that they were quite comfortable in this makeshift brooder. This type of chicken lays beautiful green eggs and we should start getting some in about 6 months.

Gidget can't even believe her biggest wish has finally come true.
We are feeding them Coyote Creek Organic Pullet starter and using pine shavings for their bedding. So far they are very low maintenance and thriving. I change their water a couple times a day and try to handle them often to get them used to it. We take them out for an adventure every day at this point and they are growing rapidly. They are already getting their true feathers and we can almost tell them apart.

Of course, they're adorable
They really enjoy their time outdoors

Farmer D tries to act like he's not affected by their extreme cuteness but they know better

Gidget wonders why they haven't mowed down the weeds yet, they're getting tall.
They're still too small to be out on a regular basis or to be in their coop but they're going to have a wonderful house and mobile chicken run once they're big enough, probably in a couple more weeks. For now, we are keeping them in our garage bathroom and they are doing just fine.

Don't worry or cringe, we have two other bathrooms and this one is not in the house. 

This shed not too far away from our house will be there permanent home. 
We hope you'll enjoy following Gidget's newest adventure!


  1. Finally! Gidget gets her chickens! Now she wants Turkeys!

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