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Archive for May, 2011

My chickies stick together.

Only seven weeks old and already they are exploring the backyard.

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The Chickie Nightlight

My neighbor loves seeing the nightlight from her kitchen window. It is pretty charming.

We have the light on to keep them warm, since they are only about 7 weeks old and it’s been in the low 40s at night.

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If I Were a Chicken

This is what I’d look at in my next box, where someday I will lay eggs and in my roost. Don’t we kind of look like Charlie’s Angels? But with better legs?

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Rooftop Herb Garden: Planted!

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The girls love worms

The latest fun encounter with chickens? Digging for worms, tossing them in the coop, and squealing with delight when they practically fight over them.

Added bonus, the youngest farmer is not squeamish of bugs, creepy crawlies, or other tiny critters.

The Chicken Castle is Complete!

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I Painted My Chickens Today

In a fit of Sun-Induced-Euphoria and Fleeting-Warmth– a powerful combination during a Minnesota Spring, I herded the chickens back outside. Chicken Farmer #3 thought it was a great day to paint. I agreed. As the chickens wandered around the garden searching for bugs, we primed the roofs and sides.

All was well until Chicken Farmer #3 needed help in the bathroom. Fearing an encounter with a hawk, I ushered the girls back into their coop and went inside. Little did I know the primer was dripping through the roof boards onto the chickens and into their water. Everyone needed a bath.

The chickens were good sports during their sponge baths. I’m hoping the paint I couldn’t wash off will wear off soon…

Brrrr, Too Cold to Spend the Night Outside

After a fun day in the real world, the chirping, huddling chicks persuaded us that it was too cold to spend the night outside. Here is Dolly under the heat lamp and then the crowd of them in their tiny basement pen.

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Welcome to the Real World (5 weeks)

Blackbird 5-11-11Strawberry Sally 5-11-11Chicken Dolly 5-11-11Blackbird and her petChåteau Poulet almost finishedChickies in the roost
Chickies in the roostSpeedy DollyNot as graceful (Blackbird)Walking up the ladder (Strawberry Sally)Watermelon and corn scrapsRun
CautiousRoost to runLaying box and roostChickies in GardenHawklikeInvestigating the garden - 5 weeks old

With 2 days of 80s, we felt it was warm enough to bring our giant chicks outside. It did snow 8 days ago…so this feels good. Besides, the coop has a door on it now!

The birds love scratching in the dirt, eating worms we’ve found them, and generally just pecking around — together. If one wanders off, she quickly gets scared and starts chirping for her flockmates.

I think they are still in shock at this great, big world. Remember, they’d never seen the sun before or touched the earth, or foraged for a box elder bug.

Château Poulet

Chåteau FramingPainter in residenceArtist and Interior DesignerLaying box and roostRoost to runCautious
Walking up the ladder (Strawberry Sally)Chickies in the roostChåteau Poulet almost finished

Château Poulet, a set on Flickr.

Coop Designs abound. My grandfather would surely roll his eyes if he saw the castle we are building on the patio. Of course he’d roll his eyes just living in the city, too.

Our coop design came from It’s not the easiest to build, but it has a roof top herb garden! My husband started it in early April by downloading the design and printing all 123 pages. At around $35 this is a great deal. The plans are detailed down to the shopping and cutting lists. The photos on-line are gorgeous.

As of late May, the coop is mostly done. My husband and acting carpenter is awesome, but with 3 kids, snow (yes in MAY), rain, sports schedules, 2 jobs, and school events, no one has much free time. Our coop is tan with red trim to match the house. In the photo to the right, you can see a lot of white where we’ve primed, but haven’t finished painting yet. The roof-top herb garden needs sides and its liner.  I’ve got flats of herbs from the Friends School Plant Sale waiting to be planted, but even if the coop were finished, it’s only 55 degrees outside…