The chickens have a new home. This weekend they moved to their half of the new goat barn, complete with nest boxes, roosts, a window and a chicken door. They will need to stay in their 14X12 room for this week to get accustomed to their new home. Meanwhile, we will prepare a fenced are outside for them.
After a year, we now have 20 hens and 2 roosters. February 2013 we started with 6 roosters (which was too many) and 26 hens. Since then, we reduced the rooster flock down to 2 after several of the welsummers took their turn flogging us and wearing out the hens. Some of our hens were sadly lost to natural causes - 3 to the puppy Pyrenees, 1 to early disease, and 1 to unknown or possible predator, and 1 to chicken cannibalism.
Our chicken flock is a combination of Welsummers and Easter Eggers. The welsummers lay a beautiful dark brown speckled egg. The easter eggers, which are a mixed breed chicken, lay a rainbow of pink, blue and green eggs. This makes a very colorful egg carton! Or extra eggs are sold at the Wild Ramp in Huntington.
The lambs are growing and still doing fine.
And poor Alita is still expecting.
My name is Christy Franklin.