Weekly Roundup, Staycation Edition

Chris and I took Thursday and Friday off work this week, and it has been lovely. We didn’t really DO anything in the vacation sense of the word, but we got a lot of stuff done around the house, a lot of quality friend and chicken time in, a lot of Battlestar Galactica watching accomplished, and much relaxation done. The chickens are getting very used to people and have loved (or at least tolerated) all of our visitors last weekend and this weekend.

In honor of brain-on-vacation mode, let’s just look at some pretty pictures, shall we?

While getting my staycation workout in (i.e. mowing the lawn with my favorite yard care instrument) on Thursday, I found this and thought it was a candy egg at first, it was so bright.
20120329. I thought this egg was a chocolate one first it was so bright.

The coop, waiting for its inhabitants. We opened up the nesting box yesterday and found that a small animal had, indeed, begun building a nest in the coop! Oopsy. I guess we do need a door on the front of the coop. Stat.
20120329. Coop and yard.

Inside the coop – just add chickens.
20120329. Inside the coop.

Neon lettuce.
20120329. Lettuce.

Peas and an accidentally growing trellis.
20120329. Peas and living trellis.

And, of course, the chicks. Look at their wings! And their butt feathers are starting to come in, too, like little dandelion seeds.

20120401. Beaker checking out the camera.

So far, Beaker's feathers are the prettiest. She also catches the most air. Go, Beaker, go!

20120401. Ono, faceplant-sleeping.

The faceplant is Ono's preferred method of sleeping.

The girls will be two weeks old tomorrow. Beaker is not camera shy:
20120401. Beaker is very interested in cameras.

Henrietta has the tiniest hint of a comb coming in:
20120401. Henrietta's comb is starting to comb in.

Yolko is turning into quite the little lap chicken:
20120401. Yolko.

And Ono, the wild and crazy one, can at least be reliably bribed with food:
20120401. Ono's pretty new wings.

Sneak Peek: Introducing the Chicken Wing

I will forever refer to our new coop as the “chicken wing” of the house. Get it?! I am so very pleased with Chris’ efforts to make this coop a home and with the fact that its spot in the garage has now been replaced with a brooder. Come on, baby chicks!

20120229. Sneak peek: the chicken coop!

Introducing... THE CHICKEN WING!

More photos (and chicken residents) to come. Stay tuned! I know, I’m such a tease.

Fold-Your-Own Chicken Coop: First Recipient of the Boombox Seal of Approval

A woman from my block printing class just sent me this fold-your-own chicken coop, designed by my new favorite people, Scout Creative. Look at the itty bitty hens! And the “Farm Fresh Eggs for Sale” sign! D’awwwww…

My first thought: what a great activity for kids! My second thought: heck, who needs kids. I want my own paper chicken coop!

I believe this is eligible for the Boombox seal of approval.
20111210. boombox posing with chris' white elephant gift.

Where’s Waldo, Chicken Coop Edition

Can you spot the girl in the coop? Yup, I’ve just been keeping busy over here playing hide and seek painting a chicken coop. No big, nothing to see here. Also, we may refer to the coop as “A-pollo 13.” Get it?! Ah hahaha.

20120108. painting the inside of the coop.Top chicken names thus far (chicken puns come so easily):

  • Beaker
  • Marco Pollo
  • Yolko Ono
  • Yolkahontas
  • Gali-lay-o
  • Frances Ford Coopola
  • Henrietta
  • Starsky and Hatch
  • Grandmaster Scratch
  • Notorious E.G.G.

Year of the Chicken

In the inaugural post of the Space-Farm Continuum, we established that worms were the gateway animal. After maintaining a vermicomposting habit for a while you realize that it no longer provides the fix that it once did. You start to think about experimenting with more hardcore animal husbandry.

When we learned of a neighborhood tour of chicken coops organized by Nap Town Chickens, we signed up immediately…as did 600 other people. It turns out that everyone is doing it. Apparently, you’re not cool unless you keep chickens – or pee your pants. It’s hard to keep up with these trends.

It was decided not long after the tour de coops that we needed our own chickens. Several months and several books later, paint dries on a chicken coop in the garage and four baby chickens are on pre-order from a magical chicken dealer in the cloud – My Pet Chicken.

Chicken coop in the back of a pickup

Picking up the chicken coop: We realized after loading the coop in the truck that our winch straps were too short...hence the extension cord. As we pulled into the store down the street to buy longer straps, we had to be careful not to hit a chicken that was roaming the parking lot.

The baby chickens will arrive mid-March, and they’re certain to be the homesteading highlight of 2012 – the Year of the Chicken.

Cute baby chicken

Four baby chickens will join the homestead the week of March 19th: 1 buff orpington, 2 australorps, and 1 ameracauna.