As hard as it is to believe, three months have passed and our chicks have grown by leaps and bounds. Regardless, I still refer to them as the "chicks" and we still enjoy them just as much today as we did when they were so little.
Although not nearly as clean as it was a few months ago (smile), the coop has been a great home. The hens spend the majority of their time outdoors, but they love their house too.
They're big enough now to spend some time ranging free in the yard. They love vegetable scraps and oatmeal... when they see me walking towards them, they come running because they know I usually have a treat for them. (I have to try to remember to give them scraps when Justus is at work... otherwise he persuades me to let him take them out so that he is their "favorite"!)
Except for two Rhode Island Reds, each hen has her own look... it's kind of fun (especially for the girls) to be able to tell them apart so easily.
I named this hen Marigold. She is the friendliest... and the most inquisitive. Just look at her trying to figure out my camera!
Poor Huck... he always wants to play.
We left the interior in its natural state... not only was it easier, but it also gives a nice fresh woodsy smell. Although Justus used some 2x4s for framing, most of the interior is made up of pine planks. I like how Justus built a little roof over the nesting boxes with some of the weathered boards.
Ever since we moved out to the country we've been looking forward to the day we could have chickens. It brings back so many memories of my own childhood when I helped take care of our family laying hens. They haven't even started laying eggs yet and we already consider them a wonderful addition to our family!