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My pets with benefits

  1. AwlOrganikLizz
    My Fiance and I started this year off by moving from Kentucky to Idaho. We had wanted chickens for a while, before we got chickens we went to chickens for beginners classes and hit the books. We ended up on a property with a four stall barn. (we're renting because I bought off-grid property in Oregon and who knows how long that'll take for us to get together) On an impulse one day as we were strolling through our local D&B, we decided to get our first chicks. I know impulse buying is bad, but we did it. Our first were Rusty and Rain, two Rhode Island Red pullets. We went straight home to the brooder and happily set them up. For that night we were satisfied. But as morning rolled around and we were standing at the brooder admiring our sweet darlings, we both came to the conclusion two wasn't enough. We went straight to Dunlap Hatchery and picked up Missy (white leghorn), River (barred rock), and Spring (gold sex-link). Here I was, thinking 5 was enough, silly me. The very next week I went back and picked up Mocha and Caramel ('Araucanas'? this is what the hatchery told us but after doing reading I hear it's most likely they're EE and not actual Araucanas?), Yeti and Boots (white/black silkie), Funk and Disco (Polish) and, surprisingly, Tobi and Sage (Cayuga and Blue Swedish). We had to do some expanding to the brooder [​IMG] As the chicks were busy growing we were busy building, we converted a stall in the barn to accommodate the chickens. Put a full door on the stall (with a window) and secured the top of the stall with wire fencing so no un-welcomed critters could come in, the stall leads to the run which is 21' x 24' (I think? If anything it's bigger) and it's secured with welded wire. However it's all portable for when the time comes that our lease is up. So glad we took the plunge, I LOVE my birds! It's so easy getting out of bed in the morning when they're around, every morning I wake up and first thing I think is "It's time to go let the chickens out". I do it without coffee, too! [​IMG] They're 3 months old now, and we ended up with only one rooster, Funk. Which is a rooster we didn't want, and I'm currently on the fence about trying to re-home him. Now for some photos.....

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    This is Funk! The roo

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    Tobi- Cayuga

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    Mocha and Caramel

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    Sage- Blue swedish

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    Missy- white leghorn

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    Spring- Gold sexlink

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    River- barred rock

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    Disco- Silver laced polish

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    Rusty- rhode island red

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    Rain- rhode island red

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    Harley protecting his girls.

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    Yeti (white) and Boots (black)
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  1. Free as a Bird
    Disco is beautiful! So cute!
  2. BantamFan4Life
  3. memphis
    I agree! Keep the roo! Cute flock & great pictures.
  4. AwlOrganikLizz
    Thank you! I have decided he's gonna stay. I wouldn't be able to give him away around here anyway, I probably couldn't even pay someone to take him so it's for the best after all haha
  5. Brookliner
    Beautiful birds. Keep the roo ... He will keep the hens from fighting with each other.

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