Wednesday, May 21, 2014

I'm still here

...but we've been busy with our new project - chickens! Since we changed our diets last summer to grain free and no processed foods, we eat a lot more eggs.  So we converted our kids' old bus shelter into a chicken coop and now we're working on a fenced in run. The chickens currently play outside in a cobbed together "playpen." Unfortunately, several have figured out how to get out so the fence is an immediate priority. Once the fence is finished we will paint the coop and our shed and move on to planting the garden. All of that means less mini time for awhile but I do have a project in the works. I've been commissioned to make another stone cottage for a family member. So when the outdoor chores are caught up I will be back with minis. In the meantime, here are a few photos of our newest additions to the menagerie.
 Meet Aurora (on the left), Gemma (front right), and an as yet unnamed Buff Orpington. We have five and I can't tell them apart yet. Once I can they will have names, too. That's half the fun!
 Esther is the white Easter Egger. Fred and Wilma are the Golden  Polish chickens with the black feathers on their heads. Dovey is the beautiful gray bird. Electra is the Red Star just under the "veranda." The last chicken is another of the five Buff Orpingtons that I haven't named.
Here's a closer shot of Wilma, the female Golden Polish. Her coloring is so pretty. Eventually her tophat feathers will close into a bun sort of shape. Fred, her partner, will have feathers that droop down on either side of a center part. They are really fun to watch.

All together we have 15 chickens. Four Red Stars - Aurora, Bellatrix, Electra, and Gemma. All are named after real stars in our galaxy.  Two Golden Polish - Fred and Wilma. Three Auracana/Amerecaunas - Houdini (she was the first to escape), Dovey (beautiful shades of gray with copper edged feathers), and Henny Penny (the smallest chicken with black and copper feathers.) One Easter Egger - Esther. Five Buff Orpingtons who are waiting for names, lol.

I did not expect to enjoy watching the chickens as much as I do. It's a very relaxing way to decompress after a crazy day with elementary kids who just want to be finished and enjoy summer break. :-)

8 comments:

Deni said...

Hi De
Love the chickens!
Life has a way if getting in the way of minis! lol but its so nice to have some real chickens clucking around
Your little house looks great love the stone work!
Great to see your back!!!

PILAR6373 said...

Que variedad de gallinas más bonita!!! no me extraña que hayáis estado ocupados!!!
Besos.

Giac said...

Hello De,
That sounds like a lot of fun. they are adorable.
Big hug,
Giac

KathyB. said...

The best entertainment after watching your own children / grandchildren. Chickens !

We have begun the same sort of diet and it is wonderful to have a ready supply of the freshest chicken eggs at hand.

You are going to have so much more fun.( how about a mini chicken coop ? )

De said...

Thanks everyone! I will have to post new photos now that the coop is painted and the run is finished. Oh, and a further update: Henny Penny is actually a Henry, lol, and is a golden laced Wyandotte. He was actually our free chicken from the hatchery.

April Dunlap said...

Hooray for chickens! They're the best for de-stressing, as they never stop being funny. :)
I had a question for you regarding sources for minis...I am looking to expand to a basement with a terrace sort of thing and cannot find a kit in the US--shipping from the UK for it is more than the kit itself...do you have any suggestions? I'm drawing a blank! Thanks! ~april

De said...

Hi April! I have only seen the basement additions in the UK. How handy are you with a table saw or skill saw? I don't think it would be too difficult to design what you want and cut it from good quality plywood. That's what I would recommend.

April Dunlap said...

Not handy at all with tools--they scare me silly! It may come to a desperate attempt, though, as my heart is SET on it. :) Thanks for the response!
~april