Sunday, May 31, 2009

About those chickens

The coop is done and the chickens have moved in.

The week they arrived was tougher than I thought. Frank was on a trip when they got here, something we tried to avoid. I got them all set up, dipped their heads in the water and the food so they would know how to eat and drink, then we watched them. All day. I took the kids to watch Addison's baseball practice and when we came home, five of them had bloody eyes. There was a feisty one in there. I had to remove that chicken, then remove the injured ones because the other chickens started to peck at them too, which is what they do if there is any type of blood shed.

We ended up losing two. I think they literally got their eyes pecked out. I kept bringing them over to the water so they could drink, but it was no use. They were fading fast. After I "took care" of the situation I had to tell Addison because I knew he would notice. It was a really hard day.
You know, it is one thing to listen to your child cry because they are being punished, or they fell and skinned their knee, but to see them cry because their heart is hurting is different. He was trying to be brave, but every few hours he would hide his head in my arms and sob.


The rest of them are doing great. We love having them. They are a bit camera shy though.



This morning we went to go get some more food and hay. The lady behind the counter asked if we wanted some chickens to go with our food. All hens. Only a buck each. We took five.
Hmmmm, seems this could be a problem.






33 comments:

Rory said...

is getting chickens...but no one else's house is that cute.

Rory said...

That was supposed to say "Everyone is getting chickens..." Did you build that from scratch?

jessieg said...

That is the cutest thing I've seen in a while. From the picture perfect house to the tiny chicks.

knittinbrit_in_wi said...

If all Chicken Coops/Houses could look like that, we'd all have chickens.

Poor Addison! It really does break your heart to see them hurting.

hooli said...

It's official, that's the prettiest chicken coop I've ever seen.

Jen J. said...

I knew your chickens would have a fabulous home! Adorable coop! Keep us updated on your experiences with them. I am sad to hear about the aggressive one. I want to get a few chickens of our own next year but I don't know if I could handle it if any of the chicks did not make it to adulthood. I would have a broken heart like your little Addison!

Journeying Five said...

that is the cutest chicken coop ever! sorry to hear about the ones you lost!

Heather said...

Um, I think I would like to bunk with the chickens for awhile. Because they have fabulous digs.

Stitching At Stone Cottage said...

the coup looks good enough to move into....chickens are such good pets for the children, they become tame so quickly and really are easy care..to say nothing of the taste of those breakfast omletes...

Suzanne said...

That is the cutest little chicken coop I've ever seen! Not that I've seen all that many!! LOL! Best wishes in your new adventure, the kids are going to learn so many wonderful lessons.

At Home Mommy Knits said...

Poor little guy, the trials of life, hard to explain even to us grownups at times.

The chicken coop is lovely though!

AlewivesGirl said...

Oh, the chickens can be tough on each other (and on you!)

Sounds like you have it all under control now and I love your little chicken house.

They are going to be very happy with you and make LOTS of eggs, I just know it!

a friend to knit with said...

oh my. i can't imagine how excited your kids are every morning! and you too!
and that COOP! my kids would have wanted to move right in!

Missy said...

Even your coop is cute! I love your style!!!
That's really sweet about Addison. What a tender heart. So hard to watch your kids hurt, but wonderful to see the empathy they have.
I want chickens. I'm sure I've told you that before, but my neighbor seriously has like 20 cats and I would worry about them constantly.

QuiltedSimple said...

I love the coop - you have a stylin coop! Poor Addison! You are going to be in trouble if every time you go to buy feed you buy chickens too - but think of all the wonderful eggs and what fun memories you are creating for the kids!
Kris

sewstylish said...

Poor Addison but what a treat for him to have some new "babies" to watch. How excited they will be when they see that first egg. Love the wreath on the door or the coup way too cute.

I am Arizona; a person, not a place. said...

That is the cutest chicken coop! I've always wanted chickens...the cute white ones with poofy hair. I think they're called Japanese Bantams. Fresh eggs are the best, too.

Steph said...

That is the cutest chicken house I've ever seen! And I hope they are learning to play nicely, for everyone's sake.

Jessica said...

I don't have any chickens but three ducks hatched at school which is almost exciting as having chickens.

Jelly Wares said...

I love the chicken coop.. My girls (chooks) are no where near that lucky... So sad to here about your losses at the start...

Take Care
Jodie :)

Jen Kershner said...

That is certainly the loveliest chicken coop I'm ever seen!

lucky knitter said...

Sorry about the chickens...but what a wonderful coop.

Carolyn said...

Um, that is the cutest hen house ever! Down to the little wreath on the door. I'm sorry you had some hardship there in the beginning. Hopefully that is behind you now!

Knitterella said...

Oh my gosh, that is the cutest chicken coop I've ever seen! Makes me want one full of little chicks in my backyard!

melissa s. said...

cute, CUTE chicken coop! I just emailed the picture to my husband with a big "hint hint" in the subject line :-) I hope things improve with your little peeps!

Hilary said...

The summer before 6th grade, we got 7 little chicks and I will never forget how fun that was, or the tragedy of the opossum attack. :(

Your chickies have a fabulous home, and some wonderful, caring owners!

angie said...

That is one swanky chicken coup. :)

Valerie said...

Oh my stinkin' heck. That is the most fantastic coop! Those ladies are gonna be living the lifestyle in there! Sorry about the eye-peckin' though. That part doesn't sound so fun.

lera said...

That's a great coop!!

I'm sorry to hear about losing 2 chicks. We thought we would lose one of ours and my son was heart-broken. It survived, thank goodness. We now have neighbor dogs trying to get to our chickens. I'm so worried something is going to happen as a result of those dogs and that would really freak out my kids.

Marcia said...

If that's the chicken coup, I can't wait to see the play house the kids must have... Ü

periwinkle said...

If it were a bit bigger I think I'd live there myself

tiennie said...

OMGosh! That is quite an amazing coop. Wow!

kim said...

I was going to comment on the fantastic coop and the fluffy, adorable chickens. Then I actually read the text, and now I feel sort of weepy. Okay, happy thoughts.... They are so sweet. I picture you like Martha, plucking up blue eggs in the morning. Yes, that is what I will focus...