Tuesday, April 3, 2012

The Chickens Are Coming!

There is a lot of excitement in our home these days, late last week we heard back from the farmer where we are getting our chicks and they will be coming home sometime the week of April 23.  
As of this moment the chicken coop looks like this:

Yup, there is a whole lot of work to do. Lucky for us they won’t need the coop for the first five weeks, so we will be able to get it all done and prepared for our new little family members to move into.
Usually you receive day old chicks when you order them, but we will be receiving chicks that are a week old.  Twelve fertilized eggs, are at this moment, part of a little education project for a kindergarten class not far from where we live. This is the third spring this teacher has taken eggs from the farmer and hatched them in the classroom, what a phenomenal lesson for the kids. The chicks hang around the classroom for a week and then he finds a home for them.  This year that home will be ours.
The farmer emailed us last week wondering if we would be interested. The only issue, there would be twelve chicks instead of the six we were looking for, that is, if all twelve hatch successfully and survive. We talked about it and decided to go for it. It means a little change in plans for the coop we are building, it has to be a little bigger, but other than that, we are set.
So, I will keep you posted on the coop as we work away on it and you know as soon as our little chicks arrive, I will share pictures.
The chickens are coming!

22 comments:

  1. Oh, Yay for baby chicks! Reece is going to love them. We, too are wanting chicks but I think we'll get used to life with two kiddos before we dive in. We'll live vicariously through you!

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    1. Ah, yes, I think getting used to two kiddos first would be a great idea :) Looking forward to sharing our adventure with you.

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  2. What fun! Chooks are great :-) So much enjoyment coming your way

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  3. So cool! I can't have chickens where I live. I am going to get my boys through school and then it's on, I'm going to get that farm!

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    1. Yay for dreams of farm life, one day I will be reading about your adventure with chickens, can't wait!

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  4. Oh my goodness - I'm so excited for you all. What a fun adventure. Chickens have been such a wonderful addition to our home! Good luck and I can't wait to meet your girls (and boys?)

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    1. Thanks Gretchen. We are looking forward to it, Reece is pretty excited.

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  5. How exciting! Can't wait to see all those cute little fluff balls!

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    1. It is, looking forward to sharing pics as soon as they arrive :)

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  6. So exciting, indeed! I admit a little jealousy of your coming brood. ;)

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    1. Yes, and no worries, I will share lots of pics and tales about our adventure :)

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  7. How exciting!! We need chickens.... and a cow... and a few sheep and then we would be set.
    Can't wait to see pictures.

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    1. Thanks! I agree, a few sheep would be awesome, the cow not so much.

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  8. chickens, yay!!! how exciting for all!

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    1. I hope so :) Not totally sure what we are in for, but we figure let's go for it!

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  9. Congratulations Kim. I was so excited for you when I saw the title of your post today. Have fun building the chook house. Isn't it great having something exciting to look forward to? xxoo Julie

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    1. Thanks Julie. It is really exciting, even planning the coop is exciting. Can't wait to meet the little chicks.

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  10. yay!
    Can't wait to see this journey unfold.
    and I hope to have my own similar experience soon!

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    1. Hoping it unfolds in a good way...fingers crossed.

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  11. Okay, I'm commenting on the wrong post, but I just wanted to note that I'm excited for your chickens! Building a coop is a pain in the but, but the chickens are really fun. Also, it probably good to hedge you bets with twelve, because they do die...

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    1. Ah, thanks! The coop shouldn't be too bad, my dad is a carpenter and my hubby a woodworker, so I am leaving it in their hands.

      Yes, that would be the part I am not looking forward to.

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