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a new daddy’s pride

July 8, 2011

The hen house/hot house construction has had more delays than a government 

project, but the chickens arrived yesterday and hit the ground running.  Because

I didn’t have their accommodations secure from predators yet, the six ladies spent

last night in the dog carrier Jude used to pick them up at the feed store.  Here’s two

of them, doing some synchronized chicken thing:


Slinkee and I went to the coop this morning to check the girls.  The door to the 

carrier was open and I couldn’t see any of them at first.  My first impression, of

course, was a Taliban raid.  But they were there, three huddled in the back of the

carrier and three behind it.


I had Slinkee on a leash because she had shown an enormous curiosity about the

fowl last night.  She wasn’t sure if they were new playmates or fresh meat — or a

meal she could play with first.  I quickly put her in the cab of the nearby truck

and hastened to herd the chickens back in the carrier.  There were seven eggs

 in the straw bedding.  Please share my new daddy pride:


My offspring  encircle a “large” store-bought egg.  Jude cracked one to check out the

yolk color.


Our neighbours who raise chickens tell us that the colour will get richer as the girls

eat more weeds, grass and organic mash.


I did a lot of ‘net research before starting the coop.  Several sources suggested paint-

ing the nesting boxes different colours to give the hens some variety.  I did.

There’s another box on the right end that I couldn’t fit into the photo, a nice, shiny

ebony.  I was explaining the variety to a friend.  He said “Oh, I get it.  The black one

is for Goth chicks.”

  1. kris (lower case) permalink
    July 8, 2011 8:38 pm

    my s-i-l has chickens and she LOVES them.. they are for pets/laying only.. no eating of chickens will be happening. she calls them ‘the girls’.. i would not mind having a couple but i don’t live someplace that would allow that. we had ducks and geese when i was a kid and they laid eggs occasionally. as i remember the taste was stronger than chicken.

    • July 10, 2011 8:37 pm

      Two of the girls have already been named – Sally (by Maese) and Brenda (by me). The rest will be named after we get to know them better. We will continue to coddle them after their productive years. Today Jude cut them some choice weeds. Tomorrow I plan to build their run around the garden perimeter.

  2. July 9, 2011 11:16 am

    Groooaaaannnn…That was bad. That was very bad. But hooray for chickens! I can’t have them in the city limits, but I wouldn’t mind having some.

    • July 10, 2011 8:47 pm

      Rosie, how nice to hear from you again. It’s great to see you blogging anew. I hope you and yours are safe from the Wallow Fire. Is it true that the political winds in Arizona are changing?

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