Sunday, May 15, 2011

The chickens have landed!

On a wet and chilly Sunday morning, we went to pick up our 5 chickens from Jim in Maryland, NY. Only Jim had so many chickens, he didn't know what to do, so we took 7 instead. We got 4 silver laced wyandottes, 2 golden comets, and 1 mixed red (the one with the white rear end). They made the trip home in a dog crate, and so far seem pleased with their new surroundings.

We still have some work to do in fixing up the Chicken Shack, and tightening up their fenced yard, but for the most part I think they will adjust. Once they seem comfortable, we hope to take away the fence and let them roam. They are far enough from the road that I think they will stay with us, and close enough to the house that I hope the predators will steer clear.

My new favorite reading material: Storey's Guide to Raising Chickens (which has a photo of my wyandottes on the cover), and Grit's Guide to Backyard Chickens. Those and some free online chicken newsletters should help us figure it all out.
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