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End of August update on our chickens


If you’ve ever wondered how much chicks grow in a month… I took the above photo of Fingers a couple of days ago.


And, this is what she looked like about a month ago! Yes, they’re pullets now, and really starting to look like real chickens. And by the way: When they were chicks, Mabel (the gray one) was boss — but Fingers now rules the roost. Fingers is also the friendliest, while Mabel is the most skittish and Nuggets can’t decide who to follow all the time.


MashupDad built them this nice long enclosed chicken run where they peck and scratch for bugs all day outside, plus the occasional treat we throw in there. (Kids don’t finish the ends of their corn-on-the-cob? Don’t worry, the chickens will peck that clean!)


Their coop is inside the corner of our old detached garage. MashupDad also put in a door and a ramp where they can go in and out, and we close the door at night, open it in the morning so they can go back out. They don’t generally start laying eggs until they’re 5-6 months old, so we still have a ways to go there, but he also built them a roost and nesting boxes inside so we’re all ready to go when they are!


Sunday 31st of August 2014

Eek! The chickens are in my future condo! Mashup Grandma

vicki dotson

Sunday 31st of August 2014

i wish we could have chickens but the city of aurora will not let us if they did i would also add a cow and a pig oh wait i should move to a farm i already have groung hogs, raccoons, possums and wild cats we did have 3 foxes but they have since disappeared but no mice or rabbits the hawks and turkey vulchers take care of them oh well so goes another day at my zoo i have to agree with racheal the roma tomatoes have been the best so far plants are starting to wind down but the veggies will be great when there is 20 inches of snow on the ground have a great day you all


Saturday 30th of August 2014

Love the update! Thanks for sharing! It is so great that your family is able to have chickens. Your husband is probably motivating a ton of people to build a coop. Wish we could - it is not allowed in our city.


Saturday 30th of August 2014

They are adorable! How much attention do you need to give them in the winter to keep them warm?


Saturday 30th of August 2014

You can buy DE at pool supply places(I think Leslie's is national) or your local pool supply. You use this to repack pool filters--we got rid of our pool service and started doing this ourselves(after paying $$$$/mo.) Our pool equipment was older and the pool is huge--it was cheaper to keep with the old method instead of replacing equipment .