When we closed on our house in December, and knew we'd be living out in the country, we decided then that we wanted to have chickens. We loved our chickens in St. Barths! So, we decided to use this shed and transform it into our chicken coop.
Patrick and Josh did a great job!
One of the things I loved about having our chickens is that it gets the kiddos involved. They help put in the work to let the chickens in and out, give them food and water, clean out the coop, and gather the eggs. Then, they get to enjoy the fruits of their labor in the form of sandwhiches, country breakfasts, and cakes! Yum!
We found a local farm that had chickens for sale. We bought 10 hens. 7 of them are old enough to lay, and 3 are still young. We weren't going to get a rooster, but I talked Patrick into the importance of waking up to the sound of a rooster crowing. Now, we really feel like we're in the country!
We decided to name the chickens mostly with names of food. Patrick said that way when it's time to eat them we won't feel too bad. I don't know if his line of reasoning will work with our kiddos!
We have Ceaser, our manly rooster. He's actually quite protective of his girls. We've noticed that he will give a grunt that almost sounds like a dog and the hens will quickly flee to either the coop or the woods.
We also have Mrs. Peabody which thinks she is a dog. Patrick and I went for a walk yesterday and she followed us around the whole time!
And we have Coconut, Marsh, Tender, Dumpling, Parmesan and BBQ.