Sunday, November 16, 2008

NEW HENS AND A ROOSTER!

I went today and bought 4 Auraucana hens and 1 Auraucana rooster. Some are pretty and some don't have their feathers yet. The rooster has the beginnings of a mane. He will really be beautiful one day.







Each took turns laying in the sunny spot on the floor.





Oreo and Red took turns showing the newcomers who the queens were.




Then Red and Vanilla got in the next box and went to sleep. I have not seen any of them on the new roost yet. They are sleeping on the floor.



I think I will name the rooster Stud Muffin. He really struts his stuff....and then tucks his tail and runs when Red comes after him.



I figure the hens are about 3 or 4 months old so they won't lay until spring.
David got the rest of the house painted brown! Then when he was doing the trim he found some of it was rotten. So he had to stop until he could get some new wood. Next Saturday he will come back and replace the rotten wood around the windows and the front and back door and paint them and the whole front and back porch.

I feel now that I have a good flock. I don't think I will get any more for now. This is enough to produce the eggs I will need and possibly to produce future chickens if some of the hens will sit.
I have a fire in the fireplace because it is sunny but getting cold. The laundry is all done and folded and put away.

I went and got 12 very large bags of rabbit poo this weekend and added it to my compost piles.

Next weekend I need to pull out the compost from the piles, add water and put it back in to heat up. I am considering a simple pile instead of a compost ring. It would be much easier to mix.

I think I will go for a walk out to the pond and then to the oak tree to pick up limbs and then go sit in the chicken house. It is a nice evening. The cowboys play in a little while!

2 comments:

Patrice Farmer said...

Nice birds!!! Stud Muffin is such a great name!!! There area looks so nice and comfortable...what a great job you've done already!!!

SWEETHEARTS MOM said...

Thank you patrice. That means a lot!