Our chickens have been enjoying the sunny weather and have decided it's time to kick it into high gear. Which means, we'll be giving away plenty of fresh eggs in the very near future. And, as many of you know, I adore packaging. Simple, inexpensive packaging even more so.
It's been quite a while since I first posted about our chicken coop. Actually, it's been over 2 years! I can't believe it's been that long. It's still one of my most popular posts and we continue to sell plans to the coop every day. It's been quite an adventure.
Over the weekend, I had some time to take new photos to share with you. Not much has changed...a few plants have been added, a new fence and some new "girls"....
Well, I guess I better start this off by saying, if you're not in the mood to see an overload of adorable chick photos, you best click away now because we're about to have a serious Chick-Fest in the house. Last Friday, we brought home 5 new girls and have been smitten ever since. We added 2 Rhode Island Reds, 2 Americaunas and 1 Plymouth Barred Rock to our flock. Names are mostly undetermined but the black one is getting very close to being named Coco.
As you can see, our sweet Bella has made fast friends with the new girls and has maintained her role as the chicken wrangler. They all seemed very interested in her!
We're so happy to be adding the new chicks to our little urban farm!
And in the spirit of full disclosure, I must tell you that we lost 3 of our hens. Ruby got very ill and Marshmallow and Souffle were attacked. It was really sad and there were some tears shed. Being a "farmer" isn't always sunshine and daisies. It was surprising how attached we got to our girls and their quirky, fun personalities. We know that our new little hens will give us just as much joy and will be happy to be greeted with our daily veggie treats!
PS. For those of you who might be new to the blog, our chickens live here.
I made a Christmas wreath for The Girls front gate from free clippings I picked up at the Home Depot. Did you know they'll give you free tree trimming clippings? Just ask! They're perfect for making simple wreaths or to hang as swags over hutches, cabinets or picture frames.
When I first hung the wreath I got a few funny head turning quizzical looks from my hens....
But they soon realized it wasn't fresh food for them to nibble. And now they just ignore it. In other chicken news...they have all completely stopped laying eggs due to the lack of sunlight. Hens need 14+ hours of light a day to lay eggs. A lot of people install artificial lighting in their coops to keep their hens in production but we're giving ours a break and hope they'll start strong in the spring. Boy do we miss their eggs and I feel like a traitor buying them. At least I purchase organic, cage free eggs. Makes me feel a tiny bit better about the whole thing.
Finally! We've spent countless hours with an architect designing a professional set of plans for Chez Poulet and for those of you who have been emailing and waiting....today is the day! The plans include 8 pages with more than 32 architectural drawings, diagrams, measurements along with a materials & hardware list and coop photos. To check out the plans visit CoopPlans.bigcartel.com!