I started my flock all over again this spring, with 6 Red and 2 Ameraucana chicks. The Reds were sexed so I knew they would all be hens. The Ameraucan were straight run. I picked out my Ameraucanas with the hopes that they would be hens and give us colorful light blue Easter eggs. Of course my girls have names…..the 2 Ameraucana are Lucille and Ethel.
Meet Ricky, formerly known as Lucille
And Fred, but sometimes I still call him Ethel
Ricky and Fred with Reba and Midge
I enjoy sitting out surrounded by the zinnias watching the chickens (hard to see them thru all the honeysuckle).
Last year when I clean up the hollyhock bed, I scattered the seeds along the fence by the hen house.
We are still waiting for our first harvest of eggs. Hurry up girls, we are ready for Farmer fresh eggs!
On my way back from Burns yesterday, I stopped at a shop in Marion, KS. TC’s WhatNotShop (look them up on Facebook) is a unique shop located on Main Street that is stuffed full of so many interesting items. A combination of new and used items. They carry KU and KState items that you don’t see at the chain stores. Lots of hand crafted items too. I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to bring home a new rooster. When I placed it by the chicken run, he scared all my chickens!! I love Yard ART
The Hall’s Japanese honeysuckle is in full bloom. It’s an invasive medium-fast growing vine, but I have plenty of room for it and I absolutely love the smell. The double knockout roses have so many blooms that occasionally a hen will pick one, but they really don’t bother them at all. Whenever I plant anything the hens gather around in search of any worms that I dig up. I put small river boulders around the base of each plant so they won’t scratch underneath the plant. Other plants in the run are, Butterfly Bushes, Vitex (Chaste Tree, which is really not for this area zone 6-10, but I love them and it’s worth a try), Cotenester, Hollyhocks, Maple tree, Pampas grass, other various grasses, and of course numerous weed.
I enjoy walking out to my chicken house this time of year, a few years ago I planted honeysuckle along the north fence of the chicken run. The varieties blooming now are Mandarin and Goldflame honeysuckle. The Halls Japanese variety hasn’t started blooming yet, but it’s loaded with buds. It is my favorite, as it’s the most fragrant.
Welcome to the coop de ville!
This is my feed room. The plastic trash cans hold plenty of layer and scratch grain, also keeps any critters from getting into the feed.
I especially love my galvanized bucket chandelier. When I asked Mr. Farmer to help me put it up his reply was, “you want me to what with this bucket?”
Some photos of the pictures in the feed room of the girls and boys.
left to right – Earl, Orville and Wilt
Mr. Farmer also made this horseshoe paper towel holder!
I made the grit dispenser out of a small cake pan and PVC pipe. The girls enjoy looking at themselves in the mirror.
The little pink chicken door is great. It’s on a timer so I don’t have to go out and open it early in the morning, of course it shuts at night, keeping them safe from any varmits. I found it on the internet and no it didn’t come pink, I painted it!
I’ll post pictures of their outdoor run when it’s not so muddy and all the plants (that they don’t eat) are blooming.