Eggciting!

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Fake eggs in our coop.

Yesterday we bought some fake eggs. We put them into the nesting box to teach the hens where to lay the eggs. By the night we bought the fake eggs the chickens had realised what they were, Stripey and Bluebell were sharing a nesting box and because it was so squishy Snowy went in her own nesting box so. At bed time they were all nesting on a plastic egg.

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Painting the coop

Yesterday we painted the coop. We painted the roof white and the sides sky blue. We painted the coop to protect the wood and make it last longer. Hopefully the chickens still know that that is their coop. We also let our hens out for the whole day (even while we went for a bike ride) and they were brilliant.

A quick update today – thanks for reading.

Painting the coop

In, Out – Shake it all about

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Snowy coming out of the coop for the first time.

Yesterday and today we have let the the chickens out to roam our garden.

Yesterday we let them out 1 hour before dusk. Stripey fell a sleep whilst standing and sitting outside and inside so she missed all the fun. Yesterday if one hen went in the rest would go in and then if one went out the others would go out. This kept happening for about 30minutes. Finally at about quarter past eight they went in to bed.

Today we let them out at 2pm and they initially acted the same – in and out.

All but Stripey have been for lunch. They have now been out in the garden for 1.5hours and seem quite happy clucking and roaming around the garden or sunbathing.

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Stripey sunbathing in the garden.

Buying our chickens

Today we got our chickens from The Poultry Paddock (http://poultrypaddock.com/) in Newcastle Under Lyme. My mum had emailed Howard(the farmer) who had had lots of chickens for sale.

We set off pretty early to get there for 10:00 although we got there slightly early.

Howard was looking after the chickens when we got there. Howard was a very friendly man. When we arrived Howard told us to wipe our feet on some disinfectant so the chickens stayed in a good condition. Whilst we were looking Howard was telling us what the different breeds were.

We then had to decide which chickens we wanted. We decided to get 3 – one for mum and dad, one for Charlie and one for me.

First Charlie decided, then me and finally mum and dad.

I chose a stripey one which I called Stripey (Barred Rock breed).

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This is Stripey

Charlie chose a white one with a black collar which he called Snowy (White Sussex breed).

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This is Snowy

Mum and dad chose one with a really dark head and a pale body which they called Bluebell (Bluebell breed).

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This is Bluebell

Howard clipped their wings (it’s like having your hair cut) so that it would be difficult for them to fly away. We brought a box to take them home in – they were very comfy in it on the back seat next to me and Charlie.

When we got home we let them into the run to explore. We are leaving them in the run and coop for 4 days so they get used to our garden before letting them out.

Setting up the coop (The Chicken house)

1. First we put all the pieces on the grass then we built the 4 walls.

The four walls of the coop
The four walls of the coop

2. Then we put the base in, the nesting box and the perches.

The perch and nesting box
The perch and nesting box

3. My brother Charlie, checked the doors were working.

Checking the door works
Checking the door works

4. My dad screwed the roof on.

Putting on the roof
Putting on the roof

5. We put the lid on the nesting box.

The nesting box
The nesting box

6. The chicken coop was finished.

The finished coop
The finished coop

7. Next we made the run. The run is for the chickens to keep safe whilst eating and running.

The coop and run
The coop and run

Now we just need to get some chickens.

We got our coop from http://www.chickencoopsdirect.com/.

We’re getting chickens!

Today (9/8/2016) we got our chicken coop and the run : ). In the chicken coop there is 1 floor and 3 compartments for the chickens to lay eggs. There is a cleaning tray so you can clean out the chickens without having to go inside. The run is movable so it isn’t heavy and hard to move.

Outside there is a bulge which is where the chickens lay there eggs (something that I mentioned before).

We are not getting chicks because they are to hard to look after while we are new with chicks/cockerels/chickens. We are also not getting a cockerel because they are too noisy. As a result of us not getting a cockerel we shall not be getting any chicks – eggs with chickens inside.

We are going to just get female chickens called hens. My mum would like to get black and white chickens. That is what we’re hoping to get. A man said if we come on Sunday we can chose our chickens, but if we find somewhere before Sunday then we are going to get them from that animal/chicken place (only if they have the right type of chicken!).