Friday, August 24, 2012

Backyard Chickens Update

 
Our little A-frame coop- isn't it cute? I planted a grass and some flowers in front of it, but they are still working on growing!

Here's Daisy (do you read Jan Brett?)

Our curious birdie, whom we've raised since she was a chickie in March. She was around $2 at Murdoch's. 


 Here's the chickies when they were babies. We sadly lost two when we were on vacation and had 'chickie sitters.' :(














This has got to be the same chickie, don't you think? :) Daisy the camera (people) lover.













Our curious, lovable, friendly Daisy. She is the survivor of the pack. And she is the sweetest, most gentle girl. She chases the kids around the yard, runs to see us when we come out back, hangs out with our dog. She is the  best. But we couldn't leave her all alone all winter until we got new chicks next spring. She needs a buddy to keep her company when we're not out playing in the yard this winter. So we found a chicken adoption program.

This old bird...
we picked up for $5. Poor thing is an ex-industry hen. Her beak has been clipped on the top to prevent her from pecking other birds because she was kept in such close contact. She was so very skitish of us when we first got her, and even pecked poor Daisy quite a bit and Daisy had no idea what was going on! But now she is settling in and getting used to the 'easy life.' 1/4 acre she can share with Daisy, our dog (also a shelter rescue), and our family of four. She seems to be figuring out that she can trust us, and is even starting to let the girls pet her, though there is no way she is going to let them pick her up like Daisy does... yet :) She is now named Rapunzel by my 3 year old.

 Excuse our landscaping project, but here is our happy little herd.
I think it took around 4 days for our silly old dog to realize we had an extra chicken, and when she finally realized we had a new chicken and found out Rapunzel actually ran from her (or played with her, as Chloe saw it, unlike Daisy who just pecks her nose and makes her leave her alone) she thought it was so fun. Chloe was having a grand old time chasing poor old Rapunzel around the yard until I made Chloe go inside! 

If anyone stumbles upon this page and has questions, please ask! Also check out www.backyardchickens.com
But my favorite place to get down to Earth answers is Murdoch's or my friends or family who've had chickens in the past.

2 comments:

  1. Thanks for adopting Rapunzel...she really isn't old at all! probably only about 7-10 months older than Daisy. The egg industry, organic or not, discards/kills hens at a young age of ~13 months. Grant Farms kills them at only 1 1/2 years or less. Chickens can live up to 15 years, but unfortunately, they have been genetically bred to lay an egg a day (not a natural situation) and their little bodies give out within 3-6 years....laying the whole time.
    So, you literally saved Rapunzel's life! Please consider adopting in the future from Grant Farms' Hen Again adoption program. There's over 10,000 needing homes. Just like adopting from your local humane shelter, it's better than from a breeder (hatcheries).
    Great story!!!

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    1. I can't believe she is not that much older than Daisy! I thought a 'retired' industry hen would be older. I had much to learn, and be saddened by, about the egg industry. Luckily I am not supporting it any longer!
      Thank you!

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