It's a beautiful day in at Creekside Cottage! The sun is shining and it feels like April more than February!
One of the roosters in is the front here. They have beautiful coloring. The roosters are both Partridge Cochins.
The hens are different breeds. We have Partridge Cochins, Silverlaced Wyandotte, Marans, Ameracuana, Australorp, and a few mixed breeds that we've bred. They are funny in their personalities, and they give us great eggs.
We moved them in the autumn to where they are now, closer to the house rather than next to the barn, because we wanted to keep them nearer to the house for the winter. I'm not sure if we'll move them back because this has worked out very well.
We used to let them free range all day, and they loved that, but they began laying their eggs in a mystery spot that we never found! They had a few favorite spots that we knew, and when the eggs stopped being found during peak egg laying time, we began to hunt for their new spot, and never found it!
We don't have the chickens just for pets, we have them for the eggs, so this was not an acceptable thing. It went on for weeks - no eggs to be found! So, Tim moved them and now they have the protected, enclosed run to hang out in until the mid afternoon, and then we let them out.
This has worked very well. They are laying great, in the nesting boxes, and are happy. We're happy, too.
Now if we can just train them to stay out of my front garden...
They love to scratch around in these flower beds, and its great for the soil but they make a mess!
They also like to sleep up against the house in the sunshine. They make these little cozy spots for themselves, while the roosters keep watch over them. Its cute, but its a mess, and they have ruined all my tulip bulbs.
Everyday we are vigilant to chase them out of here with great noise and scare them, so they won't want to come into this space. It works for a while and then they will try to come back in!
This is the reality of chickens, but obviously the benefits outweigh the negatives!
Do any of you raise chickens?