As I mentioned in Part 4 of the chicken coop, it is currently home to 12 hens instead of the usual 6. We decided that we had quite the little egg market going on and needed some more eggs to keep up with the demand. So a month or two ago, we ordered 6 new ready to lay hens. They arrived a couple weeks back and we have been enjoying collecting 10-11 eggs a day now.
We started them out in a "playpen" area in order to introduce them to the old hens without them actually touching. You know, so they could hear and see each other but not be able to beat each other up.
It was an awesome idea in theory but we didnt' execute it that well.
You see, hens can actually fly. Not that high and not that long but they are definitely able to hop a little fence. So pretty soon, the old and new hens were mixed together and we ended up removing the "playpen" altogether. It took them a couple days to figure out the pecking order and become friends, but they seem to be doing well now.
Mia is very good with them and likes to go say hi. We're planning on training her to keep them in the yard so that we can let them free range a bit more this summer. We'll see how that goes though.
And in other farming news, we got our new baby chicks!
We got 26 little tiny yellow fuzz balls on Thursday and happily played with them before setting them up in their new home.
There's nothing like a new little chick to make the world a better place.
We only kept them outside for a little bit since we didn't want them to get too cold.
But I think they enjoyed their time on the grass.
I forgot to take pictures of them inside with a heat lamp on them but I'm sure you can imagine it. They are actually living in the hen house right now until they get a little bigger, since it's so cold out. Once the weather warms up and they have more feathers on them, we'll be transferring them to the new chicken coop where they will live until mid-July.
Oh, and unfortunately we have already lost three of them. It makes me so sad and guilty. I know it happens and it's a part of life but still, I kind of want to cry. The remaining 23 are all looking good and healthy though so hopefully we don't lose anymore.