Summer finally decided to get warm, and we began enjoying our flowers and fruit trees. We beat the birds to a few of our cherries and actually got a few handfuls. (Last year we were too slow and got none!)
But our newest venture this year was our chickens! My friend Mary and her family decided to move to Florida and offered us her rather large flock of chickens. I talked Jason into it and he got to work building a chicken coop that would fit 10 chickens. Well, when we went to pick up the chickens, we found that there was new chicks! With how busy Mary was with packing, she hadn't sent her kids out to collect eggs for awhile and since they have a rooster..... ta da! MORE chickens!
But they're so cute, so how could we resist?
We kept the babies and their momma separated from the rest for awhile, and then slowly introduced them into the big coop. The boys spent a lot of time with the chickens for the first few weeks, and treated it like a play house, climbing in and around it. The chickens are pretty friendly and most of them let the boys pick them up or pet them.
Sadie is quite the bird dog, so she was drawn to them as well! We had to make sure there were no holes in that chicken wire to keep her and the coyotes away!
You couldn't keep McKay away though. Those chicks were HIS babies and he played with them daily. I even caught him climbing into the nesting box on occasion.
He named them all, and called this one with the funny hair "Nigel", and the biggest of the babies "Smalls."
The great thing about adopting adult chickens is that we got eggs right away!
Delicious, organic, colorful, eggs!
SO yummy. We will never go back to store bought eggs!