Sunday, October 2, 2011

Meet my ladies.

Let me introduce to you the latest additions to our household...

I arrived home Friday afternoon to find that my chicken coop had been delivered and Jamie had spent three hours putting it together (thanks honey!). It is fantastic. The perfect size for the space I had picked out for it in the yard. There is plenty of room inside the coop to provide shelter and comfort for the girls during the night, and with the addition of the chicken run I added to the end, there is plenty of roaming room for all.

I piled up my car with large cardboard boxes and drove over an hour yesterday to a very small country town where a man named Garry was selling chicken. I had found Garry on the internet, and after a few text messages back and forth (while I googled the breads of chickens he had, just so I knew they looked nice) we had struck up a deal.

~ The Ancona breed is close to the Leghorn breed, identified by the floppy red comb on its head. Sometimes the comb flops over and covers half her face. It's a wonder she can see where she's walking. So cute! ~

I brought them home and introduced them to their new quarters as the rain poured down. They didn't seem to be bothered by the miserable weather, and quickly made themselves at home; scratching at the mulch and feeding on seed and lettuce leaves.

~ This here is Lady Sussex. She is a 'show quality' hen, but according to the seller "She won't win you a show"... mysterious ~
(Breed: Light Sussex. 2 years old)

~ This here is Betty. She is our smallest girl and loves strawberries ~
(Breed: Rhode Island Red. 16 weeks old)

~ On the left we have Maggie, on the right Audrey ~
(Breed: Ancona. 1 year old. Breed: Australorp. 16 weeks old)

I was warned by my father-in-law that the hens may not lay for a few days after arriving as they will likely be stressed. But in less than 24 hours at our home, look what I found in the nesting box...

Success! It must have been the strawberries that made them feel relaxed.

I am going to be posting all my gardening/vegetable growing/chicken raising stuff on a new blog, seeing as I am spending so many hours in my garden. Click here to visit it if you are interested in the dirty nails side of things.

Sam xox


  1. Oh to have a garden and your own chickens outside... Enjoy, those of us without that will need to live vicariously through you lol

  2. Oh Sam...I am so envious! You lucky thing. Since we moved from our very large semi-rural block to our small suburban house the thing I have missed most is my 'girls'. I'm so glad you've named them. My naughtiest were called Thelma and Louise - because they were the ones that kept escaping into the front yard and scratching along the roadside!

  3. I have always wanted my own chickens, I'll definitely have to check out your new blog so that I can live vicariously through you as I don't know if I'll ever have chickens!

  4. Yay! There is nothing so much fun as having chickens around! I can't wait til ours start to lay, and am looking forward to someday having a big run like yours so we dont end up with a poo covered yard from free ranging them!

  5. I would love to start rearing chickens in back garden. Not sure if it is allowed in Sydney.