Our Backyard Flock

Last week the kids and I went to a local hatchery and became proud owners of six adorable baby chicks. Now the soft chirp of baby chicks mingles with the morning songs of the numerous wild birds that flit about our backyard. 

I haven’t owned a pet since I was ten, so the fact that we have pet chickens is taking a little while to sink in. But after months of the children begging us to get a pet (and ruling out a dog because I don’t want to train one and/or have one ruin my garden) we decided to buy baby chicks, raise them, and hope to have chickens that double as pets and egg-layers.

Joshua spent two Saturdays building the most adorable chicken coop ever. My in-laws and friend Elissa have graciously answered the dozens of questions I’ve pestered them with. All the chicks have survived so far [insert deep sigh of relief] and have provided many giggles already.

Isn’t the coop ADORABLE?! Two of Joshua’s brothers stayed up late working on it with him. Don’t you love the chicken cut-out Jay made? (Thanks Jay and Sam!)

When the chicks were just two days old, a moth made the misfortunate decision to fly in front of their brooder lamp. Instantly the chicks scrambled over their feeder and around the waterer trying to grasp a hold of it. Three times the silly moth escaped but flew right back into the chick’s home. Finally, one of the Barred Rocks grabbed it in her beak. 

Now the real struggle commenced. The moth tried frantically to escape her grip while the other chicks chased her around the pen trying to grab the moth from her. The Barred Rock raced with all her might while trying to swallow the poor moth and fend off the others with her tail feathers.

It was quite the spectacle. Finally the Barred Rock succeeded in swallowing her snack and the chicks settled peacefully down for the night.

Despite a bit of nervousness, given my lack of animal experience, I am so excited to have our own little chicken flock and have spent hours and hours researching how to care for and raise our backyard flock naturally and frugally. It’s going to be a fun adventure!

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  1. Erik Hansen says

    It sounds like your children are on the path to becoming animal lovers 🙂 Thanks for sharing.

  2. says

    Hi Anna! The kids are so precious! The chicks are cute too! I absolutely LOVE the new coop! Wished ours looked like that! The guys did a great job putting it together! You are going to love getting fresh eggs every day! May take several months for them to start laying, though. Thanks for sharing! Blessings from Bama!

    • anna says

      We are definitely loving it so far Felecia! It’s even become a neighborhood attraction, lol! I’m pretty excited about getting eggs eventually too. Dual purpose pets, lol!

  3. Elissa says

    What a beautiful coop! Margaret has been talking about it nonstop since spending time at your house. And, as a hopeless animal lover, I love fielding questions, and hopefully provide at least some useful information. 🙂 Can’t wait to hear more chicken adventures!

    • anna says

      Awww, that’s so sweet that Margaret liked it so much. The information you gave me was SO helpful. Thank you!

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