And we're getting ready for them!
Chicks and Delft Bowl by Arthur Fitzwilliam Tait
We have the brooder set up and Mike is almost ready to build a new coop - woohoooo! We have about seven weeks to get it done so he's gotta get a move on. I didn't think he'd have time, but now that his shop is doing well and he has two employees, he does! So things are falling into place.
The chicks arrive on April 13th!
I've wanted chickens for such a long time now and am pinchng myself that I'm finally getting some... and I'm probably getting too many. I really wanted three different kinds, but we decided to order from a little poultry shop here in town that just opened to support them, and the minimum we could order was six of each breed. So we ordered twelve, including one rooster. I want big birds; I just like them and think they can fend for themselves better where we live if a hawk spots them, among other predators who lurk around here in the country. They'd be too big for a hawk to pick up and carry off! And I decided to get a rooster - something I've been pondering now for years - because he can help protect the flock. And they're not all big, mean bullies.
Here are the chickens we ordered...
Buff Orpingtons because of all the wonderful things I've read about them for such a long time. Here are two hens. Don't they have cute little fluffy butts?
Light Brahmas - because Mike loves the way they look and once I did research and found out that they are considered "gentle giants" - among other good things - I just had to meet some. The roosters can get up to 12 pounds! Here is a video of some that cracked me up. Check out the first hen who runs towards the open gate (at about 13 seconds)... does she look happy or what? Ha! And the rooster looks huge and ever-so cool. I love how he jumps out of the coop... like life is good.
We also ordered some Lavender Guineas that will arrive in May sometime - to cruise our acreage and kill ticks and fleas and all kinds of bugs. And alert us of strangers and dangers! They really do alert you of any trouble; it's so cool. They're like tenacious little watch dogs en masse. Our neighbor has pearl guineas so ours won't look like his and we'll know which ones are ours. His birds visit every now and then and this way it'll be easier to keep them apart. They can be noisy, but we love 'em. If you raise them from babies, you can tame them like chickens, so I'll see how successful I am with that.
Here is a picture of some lavender guineas with one male pearl guinea:
So, I'm all excited and looking forward to getting everyone. I'm continuing with my research and getting information from some online friends (thanks, Fox), but I know I won't know what I'm really doing until I just do it. I can't wait though.
Along with the bird theme here, check out one of the last sweet potatoes that came from my garden last summer. It was one of the potatoes that had a really dark brown skin that I wasn't sure would even be edible since most were pinkish, like most sweet potatoes. But they were fine; I just had to peel the dark skin away. I was cutting up some to cook the other day and came across this one: