Saturday, 3 March 2012

New Arrivals

We have wanted some chickens for a few years now and finally this week saw this dream come true when we welcomed three young chickens into our family and I thought I would introduce you to them here. My husband managed to build the coop from some new pallets he was given you can read about it here if you want to, he is currently making some minor adjustments to make the run area larger, although they will be spending some time free range in the garden.


This is a photograph my eldest daughter's boyfriend took of our girls just after they arrived, I think they are wondering what is going on and are just as curious about us as we are about them. Firstly I'll introduce you to my youngest daughter's favourite one, she has named her 'Ginger', she is an amber ranger and the smallest of the three.

Ginger
My eldest daughter and my son both like our largest chicken best, she is a bluebelle and my son has chosen to call her 'Zelda', she is quite bossy with the other chickens but a little shy with us.

Zelda
The last one is our speckledy hen, according to the children this one is mine to name so say hello to 'Dotty', she is the bravest one and was taking corn from our hands the very next day.

Dotty
We have only had them a couple of days and already they just seem to fit right in, the children appear to be new 'chicken experts' and my youngest daughter calls them 'her girls'. I will never forget the squeals of delight when she found that they would take corn from her hand and it was soon declared 'the best day ever'.

Dotty
They are point of lay chickens, which means they are young and haven't started laying eggs yet, we have a few weeks to wait until that happens, so there is enough time for us all to get to know each other better. Really cannot wait to see how excited the children are when the first egg arrives, much squealing I expect!


Here is our self appointed chicken guardian, although I suspect he is only here to sun himself as he did not look too impressed with the very large birds that are now at the bottom of the garden and has been keeping his distance. Well, that was our exciting news this week, will keep you posted when the first egg arrives.

11 comments:

  1. Oh they are lovely.....can't wait to get mine in a few weeks time now xx

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    1. I'm really pleased we took the plunge and got some, good luck yours :)

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  2. Ha, guardian of all things clucky! lol

    Have to say that Zelda is my fav (only know her by looks though mind you) too :)

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    1. Zelda seems very popular, she is a lovely colour :)

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  3. Congratulations on your chooks - I'd really like some myself one day. Maybe a few too many foxes here though.

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    1. Thank-you, we are worried about foxes as we back onto open countryside and often see foxes but we have taken lots of security measures :)

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  4. oh you are soooo lucky to be able to keep chickens. I used to keep them but can't have them now. looking forward to hearing more about them as the year/years go on.
    with blessings, Willow x

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  5. Thank-you, we are all really excited to have chickens especially the children :)

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  6. how fun! I've always loved the "idea" of having chickens, but the work that goes into keeping them seems like it would be daunting.

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    1. The work really doesn't seem that hard at the moment, I'll let you know in a few weeks if we still feel the same ;)

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