Friday, August 1, 2008
Something's lurking in the backyard
Yes we have them. Two wonderful Road Island Red hens that I picked up today from Terrell. They are laying but will probably not for the next few weeks to a month from the stress of being moved into their new home. Speaking of home, Daddy is planning on spending most of his day tomorrow in the back building on a chicken coop project. The plans are laid out and ready to go. For now they are spending the night in a wire dog crate. We are planning on letting them go free range in the section of back yard that is already fenced off during the day and coop them at night. I raised chickens when I was young from baby chicks. I remember there being some work involved in getting them to the point of laying eggs. That's why this time I decided to buy them grown. ")
Our incentive? Healthy eggs. I can't eat anything but organic eggs or they make me sick and I'm tired of paying for the cost of them. If I could, I'd get a dairy cow too. But the city makes it clear that I can't do that and my neighbors are grateful for it. We are allowed two hens with no roosters. Fine with me, the roosters won't be missed. I can remember them crowing anytime someone would turn on the kitchen light in the middle of the night to get a drink. On the other hand, the hens have a nice quiet cluck. Something I enjoy hearing.
Their names? Well Bubby wants to name them Chicky and Icky! I was thinking something with alittle more class like Harriett and Oprah.
So we are now chicken farmers on a very small scale. I'll let you know how it all goes..........