Wednesday, August 12, 2009

For the Love of Chickens

I never knew how much my kids would love the chickens. I knew they would love them at first, when they were tiny. I always thought that they would lose interest after they got bigger.


They haven't. Not at all. They help with the feeding, they can catch them in 2.2 seconds, they help me train Eve, (our dog) with them, and they beg to be in the fence with them.


We have been letting them roam free. They are bigger and the dog is getting used to them. It does get a little crazy with all the kids, the dog and 19 chickens running around.
Okay, it gets really crazy.


I am determined to have the chickens to walk around our yard and eat every tick and grub in sight. I can not wait for the eggs (which will be soon) and I love how much the kids love them and how involved they are.


Jack loves them more than that chocolate cake smeared on his face. The chocolate cake he decided to share with this very chicken.









I know one thing for sure.
We will always have chickens.





22 comments:

Becky said...

Oh, how I wish I could have chickens. Yours are gorgeous! I had chickens as a teenager and never fully appreciated them. I know it'll be an exciting day at your house when they lay the first one :)

Sarah Jackson said...

We feel the same way about our girls. We love love love them. Especially now that they are laying eggs. So so great.

Yours have gotten beautiful!

Renee said...

I so hear you ~ I love having laying hens! Wait until you get your fresh, so fresh they're still warm in your hand eggs!!

Marsel said...

Oh, oh, oh! How I miss my chickens (we can't have them in our neighborhood) -- but I am enjoying yours vicariously! So glad your kids love them, too...how fun!

QuiltedSimple said...

How great that the kids love them!!! The eggs are wonderful to have - I find I am baking more with fresh eggs in the house. Can't wait to see the first egg
Kris

stefani said...

Love it! You have some beautiful kids there, Katie!

At Home Mommy Knits said...

So envious! Fresh eggs would be lovely everyday.

Jessica said...

You make me want to get chickens tonight!

beccy said...

We rescued our chickens from a battery farm in October, and I don't know why we didn't do it before! We're going to get some more at the end of this month and I can't wait.
Many times I have looked out of the window and one of the neighbours is in the garden, sometimes bringing their kids, more often feeding the ladies gathered caterpillars and worms :)

Steph said...

They've grown so quickly! It's been fun to see them!

Hilary said...

You know it's love when one shares his cake! Looks like so much fun.

Jen J said...

Absolutely precious! Your post made me smile. Your children are adorable.

a friend to knit with said...

we are totally missing out on not having chickens!

i can't wait for your first egg! :)

Katlyn said...

I don't think I've ever been around chickens before =)

katiegirl said...

Our kids are chicken crazy too! What is it about them that draws kids to them like magnets?!

Meagan said...

so sweet! I lvoe the delight on the babes faces!

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tiennie said...

This is so adorable! Your kiddos with all those chickens - so adorable!

Journeying Five said...

looks like great fun!

lucky knitter said...

Awww... those chickens are so lucky! They are so adored.

debbie said...

Hi! I'm new to your blog and love it! Am reading some older posts and saw this. We have chickens and turkeys--they're almost 2, all are heritage breeds. Love having the fresh eggs and watching them, but have a love/hate relationship. They like to be in our yard--to take dirt baths, eat our dog's food and even just to be social with us, I think. They leave poop everywhere! I have a 3 year old and an almost 1 year old. My 3 year old loves to run and jump and roll around and gets poop on his clothes. My 1 year old puts everything in her mouth...need I say more? You let your chickens in your yard too, so I'd love to know how you manage that issue? Thanks!

Philigry said...

debbie,
so far we have no problems. we do let them roam, but they stay really close to their coop, and go into the woods. maybe as they get older, they will travel more, but so far, so good!