Over the past week, we have spent much time constructing the new chicken cottage. Yes, I know, my bird addiction continues! This will be our 4th chicken structure, since Indigo Acres was established in 2014. Last summer, we constructed the geriatric chicken condo, for the retired ladies. They live happily there, basking in the sun and occasionally laying a few eggs. Read more about that project here: https://growingself.blog/2017/03/08/the-geriatric-chicken-condo/
For the past week, we have been focusing on our new structure. Although it does not have a formal name, for now I will call it the “chicken cottage”. I think it has a nice ring to it! This structure will house our polish, silkie and bantam chicken breeds. Oh, and a few quail, too! As you can see, we have made some great progress in one week…
We still have to add windows, finish the roof and trim out the walls. Then, the fun part – painting! Watch for more updates, soon! The goal is to have the outside complete by this coming Sunday! Cross your fingers!
And yes, the chicken chatter continues… I can’t help it! It is Spring and Spring = babies! Now, keep in mind, this 46-year-old Mother hen is a bit too old for babies. In fact, if I even mentioned the thought of human babies, Wifey would probably book a one way ticket out-of-town! This is why she is such an amazing supporter of my chicken addiction…and duck addiction…and addiction to animals in general. Wifey is one smart lady!
I have decided that the chicken word of the day is…Polish! I have a serious passion for polish chickens! Many of you have read about Flo and Mavis, our current polish hens.
After much planning and research, I decided to focus some of my energies on breeding polish chickens! Yesterday was the big day…the ladies arrived!
Pullets are female chickens, less than one year old. The cockerels arrive tomorrow. A cockerel is a male chicken less than one year old.
Life is full, here at Indigo Acres! Between many new additions to the farm and three teenagers, with many end of the school year activities, we are hopping! Speaking of hopping…we don’t have bunnies on the farm. Hmmmmm…that I something I might have to contemplate! (Let’s not mention that idea to Wifey just yet!) Oh, and I almost forget! Our 20,000 Italian honey bees arrive next week! Life is oh so good!