My four feathered ladies.

  1. flock4mebane
    hey all, just wanted to throw some pics up so i could send a link to family out of state, so they can see the girls.
    these hens have great personality and seem to be getting use to me. my daughter on the other hand, sends them running to the other end of coop to avoid her, unless she is still, crouched down, and has a hand full of fresh picked grass sticking in through the chicken wire. in which case they will approach her with extreme caution. she tends to move too quickly and speak too loudly for the chickens comfort so they avoid her unless lured in.the coop seem plenty big i see them using the outside roost during the day for basking in the sun and they sleep together on the indoor roosts. they love the run and spend quite a bit of time out there. they have a container full of poultry grit, a container of oyster shells and fresh water changed twice a day as well as pellet style Layena, layer food. i toss some cracked corn in the run once in a while and we throw hand fulls of fresh picked grass in a couple times a day as well as let them out to free range for a bit when the weather and conditions allow(North Carolina has had a very wet spring/summer so far). it has been suggested that i put a sand box in the run and i probably will soon i understand that's how they get bugs off them. i have also found that ants are starting to find and like the coop so some DE will be added the next time i change out their bedding.
    please if you read this and can help me by suggesting adding anything that will increase the chickens happiness, and/or increase their willingness to lay eggs it would be very appreciated. if there are coop improvements you can think of please suggest them i am trying very hard to do this right but it's been a while since i had chickens to care for and my grandfather did most of the work back then.






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  1. flock4mebane
    we got our fist eggs. Saturday(1 day short of 24 weeks old)one of the RIR's (phoenix) layed her fist egg. we know it was her cause she started making a whole lot of noise and got our attention. we pulled up some chairs and watched the show.
    at first she was going into the nester, scratching around and laying down. but when the other RIR would jump up to the coop phoenix would charge out of the nester chasing the other RIR blaze off. after a few cycles of this blaze gave up. then phoenix started to heave up and then settle down repeatedly until she plopped out a beautiful light brown large egg. it suprised me it was so big most people say that the first few eggs are smaller usually. there was a second egg the next day also large helthy looking egg. the third day there was a egg but it was much smaller. now i should mention that both of the first eggs were double yolk eggs. and the third(small one) was a single yolk egg. we did not see who layed the second or third eggs but they were not layed in the nester. they were found under the coop where the food and water are(i suspect that both RIR's are laying and blaze was scared away from the nesters by phoenix and now refuses to lay in the nester. and phoenix has not layed since saturday) or the small egg was the first from one of the orpingtons. if this is the case then i may have three laying! im not sure and its hard to tell b/c i leave for work at 7 AM and get home at 6:45 PM every week day so noone is there to watch the girls and keep track of who is doing what. but either way i look at it the ball is rolling on the laying three eggs so far in four day's we'll see whan i get home if there are any gifts left for me.
  2. flock4mebane
    24 weeks in two days no eggs yet but i can't wait. they seem to love their home they have lived here for four weeks now and they seem to be loving it.

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