Well, our chicks are a year old! I cannot believe we’ve (mostly I) been chicken herders for a whole year! AMAZING!
I have to be honest and tell you that I LOVE my chickens. I know it sounds crazy but I love talking to them (stop laughing), giving them special treats (yes! treats are cool!) taking their pictures (they are very photogenic)….etc…
As much as I hate admitting to this: it hasn’t been a chore at all to take care of these wonderful girls. They are always happy to see me and they recognize my voice! THEY DO! I always say nice things to them and that’s why they love me.
mmmm….I just re-read these sentences above…I sound like the crazy chicken lady!
OH well…so while you are laughing…you will enjoy this:
Just so you know chickens poop a LOT so you need old rubber boots and not your brand new running sneakers that you paid way too much $ for! Notice how all the chickens are wanting my attention! It might be the treats I like to give them.
Speaking of treats, here is a list of yummies they can eat:
Fruits: apples, bananas, berries,pears, peaches, cherries, grapes (seedless only), melon , cantelope, pomegranates (love the seeds), pumpkin
Vegetables: asparagus, beets, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, brussels sprouts, carrots, corn, lettuce, peas, bell peppers (nothing spicy)
Grains, cooked rice (no seasoning) cereal (very low sugar), cook grits, oatmeal, crickets, plain pasta, mealworms.
Also: cooked chicken….NO CAN DO…that’s just wrong in my book!
Bad for them: raw potatoes peel, anything salty, any citrus, dried or undercooked beans, avocados, raw eggs (no kidding!), candy, sugar, chocolate.
Also here is something else you might find interesting:
I fear this picture doesn’t do the extra-large egg justice. I mean that was one big bad dude (can we call an egg a dude…probably not!) As I have told you in the past the chicks don’t lay an egg every single day (it’s every 28 hours or so) so I think that if by some weird reason they have delayed the natural process by more than “usual”….watch out it’s a big egg coming our way!
All in all the girls are doing great, there is some pecking going on…because there is always a Captain Bossy Pants in the group and just like in life they try to get the upper hand! We are working on this little problem. The internet is full of information on how to take care of your chickens/chickens issues!
If you ever think of getting chickens of your own I would suggest you subscribe to the magazine “Backyard Poultry” it is full of information for small (and large) scale chicken farming!
Ours come to our house with the name Homer instead of Matt because my brother, just like I, has a twisted sense of humor and he ordered the magazine as a present for Matt!
Here is the link to their web site: Backyard Poultry Magazine
I will leave you with this lovely picture of my sweet little girls eating a snack of butternut squash, peppers (mild only) and carrots!
Peace and Love,