As some of you know we decided to get chickens this year because they make awesomely interesting pets and you can’t beat the fresh eggs every morning. So come meet our ladies and see how they spend their days.
We have six hens that are all one year old. Jo, Jack, Meg and Beth lived together for a year before we got them and all get along well with each other, but still fight over the best treats. Elinor and Fanny joined the flock just a couple of months ago and it took a few weeks of adjusting, but they are part of the family now.
We have a large pen for the girls so they can come and go from their coop as they please without getting into too much trouble. So far we haven’t had any problems with predators, but the coop is safe when it’s closed up and large enough that they aren’t crammed in there when they can’t get out to the pen.
The roosting rods are set over an open floor to minimize cleanup needed, and make easier collection for the compost bin. For the first month or so the chickens huddled in the corner every night and refused to use the roosting rods, even when I would place them on the rods the ladies would jump down. When Elinor and Fanny joined the flock and immediately started sleeping on the rods, everyone else joined in and started sleeping on the roosting rods as well.
We have five nest boxes on the side of the coop that are at perfect collection height for the kids. The chickens had no problem knowing where to lay, but if yours aren’t laying in their next boxes try adding some fake wood or porcelain eggs to train your chickens where to lay.
During the summer months we keep the food and water outside, but as soon as it’s cold enough we’ll move the food and water into the coop and mount it to the hooks in the coops ceiling. We’ll also mount our heat lamp in the coop for the winter months.
The chickens make such great pets for the kids, and while Jo and Jack are the clear trouble makers of the flock, always trying to escape the pen, it is often unnecessary as the boys are easily convinced to open the pen gate and let all the ladies loose on the property.
All of our chicken names come from famous movies and/or books. Can you guess where we got their names from?