It turned out great! I would love to paint the coop one day, but for now, it's perfect. The floor is in great shape- it has a cement floor, and the building is secure. I looked all around the building for even the tiniest hole, but couldn't find one. I hope my chickens are pretty safe from predators. I didn't let them out this morning right away because I heard coyotes yipping outside. I don't want to tempt them.
I bought a total of 12 chickens from a town a few miles away. He asked if I wanted to take the ducks as well, so I took them. I was interested in keeping ducks eventually too so I thought "oh, what the hell!" I have 7 Indian Runner ducks now too. One is a little runt. All of the ducks are pretty timid and don't like me. They always run around in a their little group. Eric calls them the Duck Committee.
I have a few different breeds of chicken- Two are Black Australorps, two are Buff Orpingtons, I have 1 Black Sex Link, two Barred Rocks, 3 Rhode Island Reds, and 2 White Leghorns.
I have gotten 15 eggs so far! All but the leghorns are 7 months old, and the leghorns are 4 months.
I have found that the birds love tomatoes and corn. Tonight, I spent 20 minutes sitting in their run hand feeding them strawberries. They love those! It's really fun to watch the chickens steal the berries from each other. I have one chicken, Sally, who was running the other chickens away when they got near her tomato! I have two chickens named...Sally and Piper. They are my two favorites. Sally will let me hold her. Piper is just really pretty. I am contemplating getting a rooster. Someone in a different town is offering one for free. He would be useful to help protect the flock.
|Enjoying some tomatoes|
|All my chickens|
|The Duck Committee|
|Sally is the one on the left.|