Backyard chickens!

Posted on June 21, 2010 in what's new?

I want to introduce the new members of our family, our backyard chickens!

They are a heritage breed called Rhode Island Reds. They’re about a month old and they’ve spent the last few weeks in our house in a plastic bin. Yesterday I had a great time building them a coop and we moved them outside.

We want the chickens primarily for egg laying—though we are planning to eat the Roosters. We didn’t know what sex they were when we got them.. We have five and we’re fairly convinced now (unfortunately) that four of them are roosters.

It was a rude awakening to the outside world, as they spent last night in a thunderstorm! But as of this morning, they’re doing great.

The run

the run

The coop

the coop

Chicken coop

the ladies

The chicks

the chicks

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2 thoughts on “Backyard chickens!

  1. Dean Gallant Post author

    Both! They eat feed (which is mostly grains) but also they go nuts over bugs. I’m planning to move them over a nearby anthill eventually.

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