Just keeping you all updated on my little chicken farm. I have been out of town a lot this summer, and every time I come home after a week it looks like both my kids and my chickens are so much bigger!
Just to let you know about this picture of all of them looking like that – We set them on a perch and I started taking pictures for this post. My two youngest kids starting singing and dancing “Gangnam-style” and the chickens were intrigued. They all looked at my kids at the same time with that look for almost a minute straight..it was so funny! Even chickens like “Gangnam-style” I guess.
The chickens are now 14-15 weeks old. They are getting in the most beautiful feathers, but we still don’t have fresh eggs as of yet. Most chickens start laying anywhere between 4 1/2 to 5 months, and since my oldest are 3 and a half months that leaves about another month or so. I can’t wait for those fresh eggs!
The chickens are out in the chicken coop full time, and they do really well. I am using the chicken nipple watering system and it has saved me tons of time.
I haven’t posted the coop design yet because there are just two little finishing touches I want to get done first before I share the whole thing. I know, I know! I need to just hurry up and post the blasted coop..but I want it to be all perfect and lovely first. It’s the perfectionist in me…
Here are the things I have discovered about chickens and how they have changed as they are getting bigger.
#1 – Even though we raised these chickens since they were chicks and have held them almost everyday, now that they are bigger they would prefer NOT to be held by any of us. This still doesn’t stop my kids from chasing them down individually every single day. 😉
#2 – A few of them have become a little more noisy. They are talking to us, telling us hello or asking us for treats.
#3 – This week I started giving them a little bit of chicken scratch every day as a treat. They LOVE scratch. Plus I would like to start getting them a little more used to it, so I will be adding a little bit to their feed from now on as well.
Pictures of the chickens at 3 months old.
For those of you who have chickens too, how have your chickens been doing? Got any great tips to share for keeping your chickens healthy and cool in the summertime?
You might also be interested in these other posts about Chickens & Homesteading:
- DIY Chicken Nipple Watering System using a plastic bucket
- How to Raise Baby Chicks
- Growing potatoes in a Garbage Can