Wednesday, June 4, 2014

The New Girls

Oh, it's been too long since I've written here, but there has been good reason. The reason looks like this:
Meet Muffin. She as well as 5 other little ladies--and one rooster, oops!--were added to our budding homestead the week before Easter. Muffin likes riding in tiny farm equipment, or rather, she did. Now the chickens look more like this:
The ladies (and the rooster who was supposed to be a hen) enjoy a snuggle under a bush for their afternoon nap.
I have wanted to try my hand at raising chickens for years, maybe for the better part of my life, but I had never had the space or guts to give it a shot. Technically, chickens aren't allowed in Muncie town limits. Now that we live out of town and have our own acreage we're giving this a try.

We have Nudge and Tater Tot,two amerucaunas who should lay blue eggs, Muffin the buff orpington, Rosie the Rhode Island Red, Fudge the miscellaneous rooster who must have been in the wrong bin at the feed store and was supposed to be a silver laced wyandotte, but doesn't look at all like one, Fang the austrolorp, and Tooties, a puffy white silky, who is significantly younger than the rest because they didn't have silkies the first time I went to the feed store but did the second time. I had to do some convincing to buy just her; the store usually sells chicks by the half dozen and I can see why, these girls--and boy--like to stick together and have a distinct "cry" peep when they're left alone.

We're working on turning my old college loft into a coop. We've almost finished it! I'll post photos when it's done.

Until tomorrow, when I am going to post a my May Pretty Palettes project for Halcraft, have a crafty day!


  1. These guys are awesome, Molly! We've always wanted chickens, but I'm afraid I'd get too attached to the little suckers :)

    1. Monique, we're keeping these as layers, and I hope, if all goes well, we'll be able to expand our little flock as space in the coop allows. We live out of town, and coyotes are common, so I'm trying not to get too attached, either, though I do have my favorites! (Rosie seems smartest and is always the first to respond to my calls, Fudge is so pretty!)