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Welcome to my BYC page!! Here we'll be able to document our lives as chicken peeps...starting with the COOP!
The coop is complete!! Below are some pics of the progress of building the coop!
We started with a used shed, which was delivered to our driveway with a bunch of guys to come help unload it:



Then we set to work squaring the walls, turning 2 doors into stationary ones, adding a window & coop run door, interior walls, etc (all in about 15 degree weather...brrr!!)



Next we had to move it close to its final resting place before adding any more weight...with the help of our SUV lol...



Once we got it there we added an automatic door opener, which our dog thought was just for her to give us her ball to throw for her...

And some nesting boxes. We did not make them accessibe from the outside due to the cold weather and trying to weather proof as much as possible.
There are 2 doors to the coop, 1 will be easily accessible for daily egg collecting, the other is to use for coop clean-outs and will be near the compost pile.

Working on the RUN!! 3/12/11:



Painted!! To match the house!!


Finished Run! Just need to add the skirting around the run & coop for predator-proofing:


Finished Coop & Run!!





Next, we got chicks!! Original order was from Ideal Hatchery for 25 chicks - 6 SLW (for someone else), 5 EE's, 2 BO's, 2 BR's, 2 Columbian Wyandottes, 2 Partridge Cochins, 2 White Silkies, 2 Grey Silkies, 1 Golden Campine, 1 RIR. These arrived Feb 11th, 2011 - but unfortunately we lost a few right away (2 white silkies, 1 RIR, 1 SLW). We kept 1 of the SLW's, who is now a favorite and a sweetheart (Salt). We were also sent 2 Golden Laced Wyandottes instead of the Columbians...
I will put in chick pics with the NEWEST FIRST! So scroll down to the bottom if you want to see the day-old chick pics and then scroll up to see them get older!
Chick Pics on 4/7/2011 using the run & free ranging - they're all grown up now! amazing!









Chick Pics at 40 Days Old! 3/21/11 (in the coop!)

Easter Eggers Emma, Evie, Evelyn & Ellie:


Barred Rocks Bailey & Blair

Patridge Cochins Claire & Charlotte

Golden Laced Wyandottes Winnie & Willow

Buff Orpingtons Olivia & Orchid

Golden Campine Gwen

Welsummers Summer & Sunny at 33 Days Old:

Silver Laced Wyandotte Salt

Silkies (and not sure what Bliss & Splash are...) Greys are 40 days old, rest are 30 days old
Bliss & Splash

Bliss

Splash

Sasha - looks like a white silkie but we think he's a boy:

Sammy - hoping a girl, though maybe not 100% white silkie?

Ginny - think this is a boy


Gaby - hoping for a girl:

Pic inside the coop:

Chicks have moved into the coop!! 3/19/11
Bye-bye brooder!





As of 3/12/11 - our votes are in for sexes of the 6 silkies!!

Gaby (Grey):: Me-GIRL, DH-GIRL
Ginny (Grey):: Me - BOY, DH-BOY
Sasha (White):: Me - BOY, DH-GIRL
Sammy (White):: Me - GIRL, DH-BOY
Bliss (Black)::Me - GIRL, DH-BOY
Splash (Splash - though this is questionable whether he is a silkie):: Me - BOY, DH-BOY

Chick Pics - 33 Days Old!!
Buff Orpingtons, Olivia & Orchid

Silver Laced Wyandotte, Salt: (her coloring is really poor, but she is a sweetie!)

Easter Eggers - Ellie (lighter neck chipmunk, very nervous around us), Emma (chipmunk - very curious and always runs forward), Evie (chubby white - very sweet!) & Evelyn (white, also curious but won't jump in hand):


Silkies - Sasha & Sammy (white), Bliss (black), Splash (Splash?) at 23 days old & Gaby, Ginny (Grey) at 33 Days old:




Golden Laced Wyandottes - Willow & Winnie

Partridge Cochins - Charlotte & Claire

Barred Rocks - Bailey (friendly but nervous) and Blair (cautious)

Welsummers at 26 days old - Sunny & Summer (both very nervous around us still)

Golden Campine, Gwen - HER identity is in question, might be a HE with that comb...:( DH's favorite:

Chick Pics - 25 Days Old (Welsummers & Baby Silkies are growing up!)
Easter Eggers Ellie, Emma, Evie & Evelyn


Buff Orpingtons Olivia & Orchid

Silver Laced Wyandotte, Salt

Partridge Cochins, Charlotte & Claire

Golden Campine, Gwen

Golden Laced Wyandottes, Willow & Winnie

Barred Rocks, Bailey & Blair

Welsummers Summer & Sunny, 18 Days Old

Grey Silkies Gaby & Ginny

Baby Silkies Splash, Bliss, Sasha & Sammy at 15 Days Old:

Baby Silkies w/ Gaby & Ginny

Chick Pics - 18 Days Old
Easter Eggers Ellie, Emma, Evie & Evelyn


Buff Orpingtons Olivia & Orchid

Silver Laced Wyandotte, Salt

Partridge Cochins, Charlotte & Claire

Golden Campine, Gwen

Golden Laced Wyandottes, Willow & Winnie

Barred Rocks, Bailey & Blair

Welsummers Sunny & Summer, 11 Days Old

Grey Silkies Gaby & Ginny

Baby Silkies Splash, Bliss, Sammy & Sasha at 8 Days Old:

Expanded Brooder (ie 2 dog crates back to back! Now an 8' x 4' brooder!)


Chick Pics - 12 Days Old & New Additions over the weekend:
Silver Laced Wyandotte, Salt:

Buff Orpingtons Orchid (Olivia running off):

Easter Eggers First Pic is Evelyn & Evie, then Ellie & Emma added:


Barred Rocks Blair & Bailey:

Silkies - with 4 NEW BABIES!! Splash, Bliss (Black), Sammy & Sasha, other pic has Ginny & Gaby in it too

Golden Campine Gwen:

Partridge Cochins Claire & Charlotte:

Golden Laced Wyandottes Willow & Winnie:

Brooder on the pool table:

Welsummers at 5 days old - Summer & Sunny:

Welsummers - at 2 days old - Summer & Sunny:

Chick Pics - 1 Week Old:
Buff Orpingtons Orchid & Olivia:

Easter Eggers Evie, Evelyn, Emma, & Ellie:


Golden Campine Gwen:

Silver Laced Wyandotte Salt:

Partridge Cochins Charlotte & Claire:

Grey Silkies Ginny & Gaby:

Barred Rocks Bailey & Blair:

Golden Laced Wyandottes Winnie & Willow:

Chick Pics - 4 Days Old:
Buff Orpingtons Olivia & Orchid:


Easter Eggers Evie, Evelyn, Ellie & Emma (Elaine, the red one, didn't make it past 5 days old):


Golden Campine Gwen:

Silver Laced Wyandotte Salt:

Partridge Cochins Charlotte & Claire:

Grey Silkies Gaby & Ginny:

Barred Rocks Bailey & Blair:

Golden Laced Wyandottes Winnie & Willow:

Chick Pics - 2 DAYS OLD:

Golden Campine, Gwen:

Buff Orpington Olivia (& Orchid, not pictured):

Grey Silkies Ginny & Gaby:

Easter Eggers Evie, Ellie, Emma & Elaine (reddish one didn't make it):

Barred Rocks Blair & Bailey:

Partridge Cochins Charlotte & Claire:

Silver Laced Wyandotte Salt:

Golden Laced Wyandottes Winnie & Willow: