Welcome to Pemberley!
11 weeks ago our chicks arrived by mail. They were so cute and warm and fuzzy. And boy, have they grown fast. We finished their new home a few weeks ago and now have the fence around it installed and painted. My husband designed it and we built it together. It was a lot of work building it at his shop and we had to rent a crane to move it. It will probably be here 100 years from now. The style goes with the house so I love that! The chickens seem to be happy with it. That is the true testament to our success. The plans and other pictures are on BackyardChickens.com if you want to see how we put it together. http://www.backyardchickens.com/web/viewblog.php?id=49043 I'm glad we are finished with it. Now we are sitting back and letting them be our evening entertainment.
One feature that was not a success was the dust bath. Chickens like to roll around in the dirt to clean their feathers and I heard (on Backyard Chickens) that they like sand. So, I bought a pan at Tractor Supply and some sand at Home Depot and dug a hole in their yard. They watched curiously the whole time. Then, I stood back, proud of my work, and they began dust bathing in the fresh dirt that I had scattered around it. I haven't seen one chicken in the pan except to use it as a litter box! Oh well, that is farming for you. Some things work, others don't.
Silly chickens, get in the pan!
Two of my buff rocks when they were a few weeks old.
The blue house in the background is my in-laws. They live with us at Rockin' S-Squared Farm. They love having grandkids right next door.