The Gals of 2009
When they got a bit bigger, the chickens moved into the basement where they stayed for about 3 weeks. They seemed to like their little blue swimming pool home. We hung a heat lamp over them to make sure they stayed warm enough. During this time, pretty much every visitor to our home made the trip to our scary basement to see how much the Gals had grown.
A bit older here. See the more adult feathers on their wings?
When they were a bit larger and young adultish, the Gals moved out to the field next to our house. We put their coop next to the gate in our garden and made a yard of sorts for them out of chicken wire. They liked poking around their yard and the garden. I wondered if they would damage the garden plants and was happy to find they left most of it alone. We lost a few tomatoes and some kale, but in exchange we got some good fertilizer and had fewer bugs and weeds. Good trade!
Also during this time we were waiting...and waiting...and waiting. For eggs.
Once they started laying, the Gals got busy and we had four eggs each day for about 3 1/2 months. It was great! The eggs were various shade of brown and eggs and had deep dark yellow/orange yolks on the inside. We'd never seen scrambled eggs that color before!
The chickens were the stars of the Farm - the kids enjoyed showing them off, neighbors and passer-bys stopped to see if they were really seeing what they thought they were seeing in the middle of town, young visitors loved opening up the coop to check for eggs and Farmer Ron had his Gals.