This past weekend we took a trip to Trish’s farm who so sweetly offered to give our family 2 of her chickens after we lost Sweetie and Roxie to Comet the dog.
Meet Trish – my new bestie. We are here inside her giant chicken coop. It is seriously amazing!
When we got to her farm, I walked around all wide -eyed and I might have even drooled a little at her country farm lifestyle. This awesome gal is living my dream. She has cows, chickens, a garden and even wild peacocks – how cool is that?
When I let the my wild kiddos out of the car they were in country heaven. Chasin’ to catch chickens and loving her farm.
Liam first picked out a golden laced wyandotte but it’s comb was too big (might have been a rooster) so we picked out another golden laced wyandotte for him. He was so very happy!
My older son picked out a nice barred rock chick – she is just so sweet! PS – did you notice Trish’s genius chicken waterer? It’s a bucket with chicken nipples underneath. She says she only has to change the water around once a week + it keeps the water cleaner. Clean water = healthier chickens.
My kids also found a few eggs in her chicken coop that Trish said they could have. See, isn’t Trish just the coolest person ever?
So we said goodbye to the farm and went home with two little sweet chick in a box in the back.
As soon as we got home the kids wanted our bigger chickens to meet these new ones.
All seemed well until we decided to put them into the big run together…
Our bigger chicks started picking on the little new ones. So we immediately took them out and knew we needed to let them get to know each other a little more slowly.
So for the past 4 days their bins have been next to each other at night so they can hear each other, and I put them together while watching very carefully for an hour per day. I did find that just letting them in my back yard altogether wander around the yard there was zero pecking. I think it’s because there is no territory boundaries out in the yard.
After 4 days I found that there was zero pecking for 3 hours of them being together! They seem to be all getting along – look at the new chicks sitting on the roosting bar while Lacey takes a dust bath. They all seem a lot more comfortable with each other now, but I am still watching closely like a mother hen.
Help Us Name our New Chicks
So my two boys need help naming these chicks. Got any ideas?
My older son’s chicken is a Barred Rock or also known as a Plymoth Rock which will be a nice black and white colored chicken when she is fully grown. She is super sweet and gentle.
And this little dear is a Golden Laced Wyandotte who will be golden and black when she is grown. This one is my 6 year old son’s chicken and he’s already tried to pick names like Football and Blue Lightning last time so he needs help here.
This one I think has been picked on for awhile before I got her because I noticed that she has a whole section of feathers that appear to be cut or pecked off. The poor little dear. Hoping her feather grow back soon or I will have to separate her so she doesn’t continue to be pecked by my chickens.
Please help us name these two new ones! If my sons pick your chicken names you will get nice little prize from me! Just leave a comment on this blog post below, thank you!