Our Journey From Chicks to First Eggs

For those of you who don’t know, we live in town and have a family farm about 10 minutes away where our chickens live and our olive and pine trees grow.  In February since it was still cold outside, the one day old chicks were delivered to our house in town and all 31 of them lived on our screened porch for about a month! We quickly became attached to these little cuties.

Even Sylvie loved watching the babies!  Don't worry, she never tried to eat them :-)  Even Sylvie loved watching the babies!  Don’t worry, she never tried to eat them 🙂 She had to get a bath to remove what is called She had to get a bath to remove what is called “pasty butt” I’ll spare you the disgusting details.

While they were growing on our front porch we were simultaneously having their coop built out at the farm.

The black fabric is shade cloth to help protect the girls during hot south Georgia days.  The lights are motion sensitive to scare off predators.  We hope to grow some greenery around the outside to provide some natural shade and coolness. The black fabric is shade cloth to help protect the girls during hot south Georgia days.  The lights are motion sensitive to scare off predators.  We hope to grow some greenery around the outside to provide some natural shade and coolness. Nesting Boxes.  These are now filled with pine straw to give the girls a soft bed to lay eggs in and keep moisture and bacteria to a minimum. Nesting Boxes.  These are now filled with pine straw to give the girls a soft bed to lay eggs in and keep moisture and bacteria to a minimum. Roost for the chickens. It's where they sleep at night.  Roost for the chickens. It’s where they sleep at night. That is an automatic chicken door that opens and closes on a pre-set timer. It gives access to the run. The fan is also automatic and turns on when it reaches a certain temperature in the coop.  The PVC pipe is our homemade feeder that fills from the top and keeps the food dry. That is an automatic chicken door that opens and closes on a pre-set timer. It gives access to the run. The fan is also automatic and turns on when it reaches a certain temperature in the coop.  The PVC pipe is our homemade feeder that fills from the top and keeps the food dry. The run may as well be Fort Knox for chickens because all of that wire is buried one foot down and two feet out around the edges to prevent predators. The run may as well be Fort Knox for chickens because all of that wire is buried one foot down and two feet out around the edges to prevent predators.

When the girls were finally able to regulate their body temperature and the weather was warming it was finally time for them to move to their new home in the country!

They were thrilled to have all of the space to run and forage!  They were thrilled to have all of the space to run and forage! They continue to eat out of John's hands, he has his favorites.  They continue to eat out of John’s hands, he has his favorites.

We chose several breeds for our flock.  I love the exotic breeds like the Silver Laced Polish (pictured below with the white poof) and the Mottled Houdans! The rest of our flock is comprised of Buff Orpingtons, Black Sex Link, Rhode Island Reds, and Americaunas.

The black poof is a Mottled Houdan and the lady looking straight at you is a Rhode Island Red.  The black poof is a Mottled Houdan and the lady looking straight at you is a Rhode Island Red.

They continued to grow and live happy chicken lives.

We were keeping the ladies happy and just waiting for them to start giving us eggs until finally, on Friday June 17th almost their exact four month birthday they gave us six eggs!

They were not in the laying boxes but we think they were surprised by the whole egg coming out of their backside thing... I'm sure they will catch on!  They were not in the laying boxes but we think they were surprised by the whole egg coming out of their backside thing… I’m sure they will catch on!

We collected the eggs and gave the ladies a nice snack with some extra yummy hen treats!

Thanks girls, we look forward to many more eggs to come! Next step is getting them to use the laying boxes and not the floor.

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