Sunday, September 12, 2010

All in one day - chooks, first eggs and one boy asleep on the step

We're 'chooksitting' for about 6mths, then when the 'chook-Mum/Family' comes home, we'll be putting our own in. The yard was built (by Michael) almost all from scrap (trampoline frame, swingset frame etc mostly found on the verge) except for one roll of wire because we didn't come across any in our 'lawn shopping' hunts (verge chuckouts). The wire is in below the soil all round because we have one Border Collie who thinks she's three (but is really 13+) and would LOVE to 'play'... *ahem* she is sure if she looks hard enough she will find a way in...

Brooke and Zeke and I went to A&M's place and caught the chooks. Thanks to M for catching 'Psycho' (who's just a scared and slightly lala chook... possibly with neuro issues but that's another story/question for another day). So here are two of the new guests, at our place in their from scratch run.

There is one big white (this is the one that made it known that she was laying), one smaller white, one big white with black flecks, two browns, one boss black one and one black one that has 'issues' - 7 altogether. They all seem to get along ok. This is up one end of the run...


Chooks were in and fed by about 1ish o'clock and the first two eggs were there by 4pm ish (no boys, we'll wait until the sun gets lower before we check them... oh... all right, we'll do one check and then no more until the sun gets lower... okay... oh... two eggs... 'told you Mum!' LOL) Here you can see the 'nesting box' that was made from a modifed dog kennel. Here's Jake and Zeke checking in the nesting box...



and here is what happens when the day is all too exciting... Quinn fell asleep on the step... awwww.

3 comments:

Niki said...

Oh Kristy they look happy & well. Free eggs, who could complain. Ours arrive in the next few days. So Excited. We are starting with 3 & go on from there. Hearing you on the Border Collies though.
So we have raised a heap of beds & are starting to seasonally start rotating them. The fruit trees are starting to fruit & the herb patch is going great guns. We had alot of lettuce this past winter that I gave away to family, but I can't wait to have enough growing to do swaps. I will let you know when that happens and maybe we can do vegie swaps. You and I are Kindred Spirits I am sure.
Niki

Lesley said...

Oh wow, time for Shane to verge shop - but we don't have it here :( They look awesome!!! You'll have so many eggs you'll be drowning in them.

Kristy said...

Lesley, bummer on no lawn shopping! We are enjoying about 4 eggs average a day at the moment, which we quite appreciate :)

Niki must be nearly time...! Looking forward to seeing how you go, and pics of the new 'girls'. :) ditto to looking forward to vege swaps. Our fruit trees are only in their second year (for majority of them) for fruiting so anything will be a bonus. We had an absolutely LOADED plum tree with tiny plums all over it but a lot have yellowed and fallen so looking into that...
We have to have a cuppa sometime ;) and check out each other's setups :)

It IS exciting - enjoy!

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