Friday, May 10, 2013
No More Chickens!!!!
They are finally out of my house AND off of the porch!!!!! YAY!!!!!! Thankful!!!!
I really loved the idea of having chickens.
The cold reality of owning chickens is they are MESSY!!!
We have had them inside since March 27th.....They were so tiny and cute. They all fit nicely into this little box and were easy to maintain the dust, food, water, pine shavings, and poo!
When they were about 3 weeks old, we moved them to a large dog kennel to give them more space...It worked perfectly. They were happy with the new space and loved the perch we fashioned for them.
Then I started to notice the pine shavings......everywhere. There was also dust......everywhere. Food and water were getting a bit tricky to keep clean and I'm pretty sure there was poo on one of my French doors where they were staying!!!! Grrrrr.......
I managed to not loose my sanity during this time, but my patience was wearing very thin with these adorable little soon to be egg layers!! They all have such unique personalities and places in their herd (is that what you call a group of chickens??), but seriously? I was ready to make chicken and dumplings there for a few days!!!!
We had company over last weekend so they got "kicked out" to the porch and we were able to de-dust the house with the help of my wonderfully amazing husband!!! YIKES!!!! There was so much dust, pine shavings and food scattered everywhere!!!!Even in the bedrooms!!!! I ask you, how does all of that get into the bedrooms?!?!??!!!!
After the big clean....we kept them out on the porch (in the dog kennel) to acclimate them to the outside air temperatures, which have been unusually cool for this part of the country (probably Global Warming...Ha!!).
They really liked it out there!! (and I really liked the cleaner appearance of my house!!)
Fresh and sunshine did wonders for them. We were having to take them down to their yard during the day and bring them back up to the porch at night. The kids did this for about a week. They were (and are) very diligent in the care of our chickens.
But last night we finally got the coop all sealed!!!!!!
There is a door on it now!! =)
They were able to stay out in the designated chicken area ALL night!!!! WOO HOOO!!!!
While it was weird to not be able to walk out on the porch and check on them before bed, it was a huge relief to know they are where they are supposed to be and they are safe. Well.....as safe as we can make them!!!! =)