NAF ~ love the pictures of hens with chicks. I want some as well. Nine days or so until I have my chicks… and we are on needles and pins. I sat and watched Loki, our Icelandic rooster this afternoon. He is hands down, the best rooster we have ever had. And man is he busy, checking here, looking there, settling disputes and watching the sky. I have not had a Icee rooster prior, but find him to be excellent. The two tame hens are doing well and we have found where 'Hippy Chick' is roosting at night. She is the wildest hen we have ever seen, or been around. It is like she was abused as a chick. Or something.
Been working this week on the Longhouse, our older twelve by twenty feet coop. Got it clean and fixed up nice for the birds. We painted the inside walls Iceland White, so as the girls will feel at home. I feel like I have found my life's calling, to keep and raise these wonderful birds. We could not be happier than to take up this breed and just enjoy them and their chicks. The love of birds, chickens, is such a simple pleasure, yet it is one that is highly valued around our place.
I have a photograph of the coop from last evening. Glad it was Sunday today, as I get older, I seem to get tired more. We still have some finish work to do and the usual maintenance issues, but the hard work is finished, at least for now. Need to figure out a ceiling covering and a few things that can wait until I am not so sore. This is the third spring I have spent working on this coop that grandfather built in the 1920's. I think he would like that it is still standing and in good repair. In some ways, better than new. There is a nice cement floor in there as well and it is dry as a bone, for the most part.
I appreciate this thread and the posters here. I hope to be able to do more here as the 'needed' chicken chores slow down, at least some.
Best to all and your birds,