It's an exciting thing to open the coop and see egg production begin!
Raising chickens is new and a part of the self-sustaining lifestyle I'm slowly gravitating towards.
It all started May of 2014. Working in the vegetable garden and thinking "it would be cool to have a couple of chickens.
A couple turned into 13 baby chicks 4 how to raise chickens books and lots of magazines. Those sweet little fur balls grow much quicker than I'd ever imagine!
And that's when the hard lessons began...
The Coop fire:
By the end of July, 2014-i woke up one morning to go let the babies out when I turned the corner and saw the coop was already a fully flamed fire.
It was beyond traumatic. Learned the hard way that a heat lamp in the coop to keep young chickens warm is a really bad idea.
That same night we went out and got 9 more babies!!!
And then we got 9 more!
18 new babies!!! While they lived inside our sun room we rebuilt the coop!
And here comes the next lesson....
Two Hawks came in through the small opening we didn't yet have time to complete. It was sheer luck that we were home and we were able to save 14 of them.
The remaining 14 were traumatized and required a little extra TLC.
Cuddles were given freely
Then our easter Egger "Cleopatra" was limping...
Turns out she had a rare genetic issue and had tumors growing that were impacting her ability to walk. The most humane thing was to put her down.
Then Peanut wasn't growing. Turns out she's a strong little runt still going strong!!
Then Shelly got an ear infection! Her head began to swell up. She looked like an alien chicken!
So I made her a diaper. She hated it.
She healed and is happy and healthy today!
By Christmas we discovered one of our gals was a boy!
And a lover boy!
Then another gal turned out to be a rooster!
So now we have 14 Hens and 2 Roosters!
And Egg Prodcution has slowly started.
So...now we are all up to speed...