Monday, July 11, 2011

Weed eaters

This weekend we had some gorgeous weather so we let the chickens out of their coop while we sat outside reading. They very kindly went after the creeping charlie (weeds) in the backyard for me.

Come out, come out, wherever you are! The door is wide open. A photo of the chickens coming out of their coop.
Merrill hanging out on the grass and weeds enjoying the beautiful weather.

Henrietta and Merrill (the two golden laced wyandottes) out on the lawn.

All 4 hens hanging out together searching for worms and bugs.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Snack time!

An orange daylily from the daylily bed behind the chicken coop.

It is a 3 day weekend here for us due to the 4th of July. We had intended to spend part of today building a portable 10 foot by 10 foot enclosure for the hens so that they could wander around more of the yard. Sadly, we found out today that we had bought the wrong kind of 3 way PVC connectors and after looking around town we can't find the correct version. So, the portable coop will have to wait until the online order gets shipped unless we find them in a specialty store in town. *shakes fist in the air* Darn you different types of 3 way connectors, darn you!

So instead of building a coop we ended up relaxed with the chickens for awhile this morning. They got to snack on some tasty weeds and they will get their own salad at dinner time tonight. The chickens have recently been getting mini salads when we have our own larger versions of salads at meals. They are spoiled!

Willow and Tara in the hen house, with the door open, being hand fed some weeds. Yes, these gals are in training to become my personal organic weed control.

The gals have been growing up quickly. I no longer have peeping baby chicks and instead have 4 hungry pullets (a chicken less than ~1 year old is called a pullet).

One of the golden laced wyandottes (left) and a barred plymouth rock (right). The gold feather with black edging coloration is finally emerging on the chests of the golden laced wyandottes.

All 4 of the chickens scrambling to get into the hen house. They are standing on the ramp with Willow half blocking the doorway as the other 3 chickens attempt to scurry inside. I suppose they decided their photo shoot was over for the morning.