Saturday, June 22, 2013

A Visit From the Girls

Summer involves a lot of travel for us and for our neighbors.  It is a time when we call and ask if the teenage son of one neighbor can water the plants while we are gone.  Another neighbor gets called to make sure their are no boxes or packages waiting at our gate.  One neighbor calls us to check his paper box to make sure they stopped the paper...which in this rural town, they NEVER do.  And this week a neighbor asked if we could watch his girls while he takes his family to the beach.

Gal watching is something my husband LOVES.  He has been begging me to let him adopt some gals for our yard, and I have been hesitant as his travel is even more demanding than "our" travel.  So guess who would watch the gals?  Anyway, I now have a week to see how difficult this might be.  They bring their own domicile so that makes it easier.


Our neighbor provides the food.  He even cleaned out the bedrooms!


It smells like sweet straw in there!

There are five lovely ladies.  A blend of two breeds, which I cannot remember right this minute.  But perhaps, one of my readers (Grannie Annie?) knows off hand.  I realize that people who raise chickens for a living may find this hobby house a little too cute.  But I do remember living on a small farm when I was young and we did have a real chicken house that you had to walk in to collect the eggs.  So I do have a clue.


Although this lady may have her doubts.


I guess I should have asked if they have names.  It is hard to carry on a conversation with "Hey, you!"


Still is it not beyond my silliness to collect caterpillars and add them to the house to see if the chickens will eat them!


These little houses are quite well designed.  You just pull up on the handles and wheel the house to a new area where the chickens can destroy a plot of lawn once again.  Maybe we will cut down on the ticks!

The red tailed hawk and his mate have been very visible this morning and I am hoping that is only a coincidence.  We do have our work cut out for us.

13 comments:

Joanne Noragon said...

I say name them again yourselves. They will enjoy the personal touch! How fun. But they do need babysitting.

Celia said...

There are some of the most amazing chickens houses out there. Have they laid any eggs after their trip over?

Jenny Woolf said...

what a great design for a henhouse. And they are very sleek and well cared for "gals"!

Brian Miller said...

ha i hope it goes well for you...they are pretty cool...the neighbor of my parents have chickens and lets them roam all over the hill...my boys love following them around...smiles.

messymimi said...

Don't hold your breath about the hawks being there by coincidence. Those birds are smart.

Enjoy the gals!

kenju said...

I wouldn't let the hawk near them.
Nice house they have.

Red said...

Many people are trying to raise chickens where it was never tried before. We are now allowed a few chickens in the city.

Robert V. Sobczak said...

Love the house. I've been feeding the Muscovey ducks from the pond in back with our left over love bird food. BTW: they have 2 more eggs. In the past 4 months they've four babies have fledged (plus these two more eggs).

Bob Bushell said...

As I was, a chicken holder, it is a pleasure to see others doing it. Love the chickens.

SueAnn Lommler said...

How cute is that? House and chicks..adorable
Hugs
SueAnn

ellen abbott said...

my sister kept chickens for a number of years when she and her husband were living out in the country. they sectioned off a part of the yard and got a storage shed for a hen house. she had several dozen at one time. when I would go visit I would bring back yard eggs and sell them to the city folk for her. if you just want eggs for yourself, then a few is enough. but when you have a lot and they stop laying cause it's too hot or just for whatever reason then you spend a lot on feed for no return. after her husband died suddenly, she got rid of them.

Hilary said...

I think I'm happy to live vicariously through you when it comes to housing chickens. Enjoy. :)

Kay said...

Oh my! That looks like so much fun. I hope the hawk doesn't give them a fright.