Now, let me introduce you to our newest family members:
|Meet Dixie, Loretta, and Wynona|
Yes, friends. THEM ARE CHICKENS! Well, they are cute baby chicks that will eventually be big, sassy, egg-laying chickens.
At least, we hope they lay eggs. That's kind of the idea. In the meantime, they are adorable balls of fluff that live in a big rubbermaid container in our garage.
We had a lot of fun coming up with names. I was really pushing for Madonna, Beyonce, and Gaga, but David was not on board. He says they are country girls. My mom suggested Dixie, and I chose Loretta. I also suggested Dolly, but David though that Loretta would be left out if the other two were D names. So he named the other one Wynona. Wynona is the biggest and the sassiest of the bunch.
|Dixie is the one with the dark spot on her head (back, right). She is the sweetest of the bunch.|
|Having a girls-only pow-wow in the corner.|
|Fluff ball! I think this is Loretta. She has a little black spot on her head, not as much as Dixie.|
|Chowing down on chicken feed. Loretta, Dixie, Wynona.|
But I love the idea of fresh eggs with low cholesterol and lots of omega-3's! My parents have had much success with their backyard chickens (one terribly sad incident with a hawk notwithstanding). And the more we researched it, the more do-able it seemed. So we decided to go for it. I'm still a little nervous about the whole thing (and it was really not cool of Dixie to poop IN MY HAND yesterday) but my husband seems to have morphed into Farmer Duckworth these days, with his gardening and chickens. So overall, I'm pretty excited about this little project. I fully expect that I will grow to love Dixie, Loretta, and Wynona, just as I grew to love Little Mac.
|OMG DID U SAY CHIKN?|
|WUT? I LUV CHIKN!!!|
Here's a view of their coop and their pen:
We bought the coop from a local farm supply store, way out in the county. David built their little pen himself. They will have full access to the pen all the time, and we'll let them out in the backyard when we can be there to supervise them (and scare away hawks, cats, etc.). I think I'm going to paint the coop to match our house. Won't that be the cutest?
|back of our house - this picture was taken standing just in front of the garden|
I've been amazed at how many of our friends have been SO excited about the idea of backyard chickens. It's like trendy these days. Of course, one friend called us "hippies," but I think he'll be singing another tune when we're living off the grid, post-zombie apocalypse. AM.I.RITE?
In just a few months, we should have plenty of eggs and a shitload of fertilizer for our garden!
The only thing missing is a clothes line with cloth diapers flapping in the breeze. Hopefully we'll be installing that in July.