This week we are linking up once again with Amy at Love Made My Home for her Five on Friday
So without further ado, this week we'll be spending 5 minutes talking about CHICKENS!
You may have seen that we Built our own pallet chicken coop!
It was a little bit more involved than the Quail Coop we built back in the UK when we were keeping Quails last year but we managed to get it finished and it finally has it's new inhabitants who seem to be very happy with it! We're very lucky that we do not currently have any Bird Flu restrictions in our area.
|Logan feeding chickens through the coop door|
The chickens we got were 3 Black sex link and one red sex link, nothing fancy in terms of the other breeds but to us they are beautiful.
|Our new chickens|
Unfortunately Spanish suppliers routinely debeak their chickens when they are chicks, but these girls have been saved from living in cramped cages and will live out the rest of their lives in happiness with us, we have plenty of space for them to run and scratch and generally be chickens in.
|Carly checking in on the ladies|
For the first few days the chickens were quite timid and didn't stray far from the coop but now that they have settled in begun to trust us they have really come out of their shell, we had a great laugh when the 4 of them chased off one of the local cats that tried to go near the gates to the corral!
|Me and one of the hen house girls|
|The Henhouse Crew|
Now it is just a waiting game for the first eggs. Did you know that chickens only stop laying in winter due to insufficient light? If given artificial light they will lay all year round, chickens generally need 14 hours of light to maintain egg production. We won't get daylight hours that long until the end of April here but we would rather let them come in to lay naturally, We're not in a rush for them to lay, they are still doing a fine job of turning the compost heap for us and adding their own fertiliser as they go!
|Drinks Bottle Chicken Feeder|
In keeping with the zero cost build of the chicken coop, we also fashioned our own chicken feeder out of a couple of empty bottles and some wire. The chickens haven't turned their nose up at it yet...
|hand feeding chickens|
...although they seem to enjoy hand feeding as much as we do :)
I hope everyone has an amazing weekend, if anyone fancies doing a seed swap with us you can find a list of everything we have at the moment on our last post - Seeds