The Single Ladies

This week we welcomed four lively ladies into our family.

No, we didn’t just have quadruplet girls and no, my husband hasn’t started a harem.  We finally got some laying hens!

Meet Matilda, Henrietta, Olive, and Frank.

The Single Ladies

I’ve learned that chicken photography is a tricky thing – I’m gonna have to work on my skills to get some better pictures of the girls!

I just finished their coop this past week and it wasn’t a moment too soon.  These girls were ready to come home.

Here are some pictures of the coop:

An A-frame chicken ark with roost and nest box up top and a run below.
An A-frame chicken ark with roost and nest box up top and a run below.
I went with sand for the litter on the floor of the roost area and it's been wonderful. I just use the kitty litter scoop to clean up when I feed them in the morning - it's a breeze.
I went with sand for the litter on the floor of the roost area and it’s been wonderful. I just use the kitty litter scoop to clean up when I feed them in the morning – it’s a breeze.
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You can see the window, the ramp chain, and the hook we secure the chain to every night to keep it raised in place and secure.
I use quick links to lock all the door hasps at night.  Fly Guy has taken to calling the coop the "mini-prison".  I prefer to think of it as Fort Knox!
I use quick links to lock all the door hasps at night. Fly Guy has taken to calling the coop the “mini-prison”. I prefer to think of it as Fort Knox – we’re keeping the ladies safe!

And here are some more pictures of the girls:

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Here’s Henrietta. These Americauna (or Easter Eggers) are beautiful but lightning-quick and it’s hard to get a good picture!
Matilda and Henrietta finally getting to the food.  They are the youngsters and not quite laying age yet and the Buff Orps tend to boss them around.
Matilda and Henrietta finally getting to the food. They are the youngsters and not quite laying age yet and the Buff Orps tend to boss them around.  (Matilda has the darker collar of neck feathers.)
Meet Frank and Olive. No, one's not a rooster. My boys and I have an odd sense of humor and have wanted a hen named Frank.
Meet Frank and Olive. No, one’s not a rooster. My boys and I have an odd sense of humor and have wanted a hen named Frank.  These are the Buff Orpingtons.
Frank is the one with a beauty impairment at the moment.  Apparently a rooster had been at her before she came here.  I've also read that this is molting season so whatever's going on with her, let's hope it's temporary.
Frank is the one with a beauty impairment at the moment. Apparently a rooster had been at her before she came here. I’ve also read that this is molting season so whatever’s going on with her, let’s hope it’s temporary.
Before you get to feeling too bad about Frank's unfortunate looks and silly name, please note that she is the queen bee around here and makes sure the others know it.
Before you get to feeling too bad about Frank’s unfortunate looks and silly name, please note that she is the queen bee around here and makes sure the others know it.
The new girls have been quite the hit around here with everyone.
The new girls have been quite a hit around here with everyone.
One of the day's highlights now is checking for eggs!
One of the day’s highlights now is checking for eggs!
The first egg.   A photo-worthy event.
The first egg.
A photo-worthy event.
My husband acts like the chickens are MY crazy idea and MY interest only . . . but don't let him fool you.  He likes to go check on the girls too.  :)
My husband acts like the chickens are MY crazy idea and MY interest only . . . but don’t let him fool you. He likes to go visit the girls too. 🙂

8 Comments

  1. Yay, chickens! Now for the goats, right? 😀 Frank is either molting, has lice/mites, or gt frazzled with a roo.

    Do you live in the city? A good thing to do so they have space to roam and eat bugs (makes for much better eggs) is to let them out in the morning. Nothing will eat them in the middle of the day, so you can just round them up again at night. That way they get to run and don’t run out of grass and things to peck at.:)

    Wyondettes? Or however you spell it, LOL! I guess that’s what Henrietta and Matilda are. They are so PRETTY. Those Barred Rocks lay a lot too, great eggs from those ladies.

    Husband thinks your crazy now? Wait until you get GOATS. 😀

  2. Your girls look great! I LOVE that you named one of them Frank, though I think you should have used the names Fred and Bob too! 🙂 How many eggs do you get on in an average week?

    1. Thanks Lisa! Right now, only Frank is laying and she’s staying consistent at one every other day. So, for our first week we got 3 eggs. Let’s hope the other girls get the idea soon!

  3. Thank you dear friends!
    Sarah, I remember our homesteading talks at your house too! I know we both have very similar ideas on healthy living/homesteading. It’s so frustrating having to wait but I’m sure you’ll get your girls one day soon. I remember how insane base housing is about . . . everything!

  4. oh i LOVE this post….i remember sitting around the yard talking about/dreaming about having our chickens one day. you did it! i can’t wait for my turn. currently i have to have base permission to plant a flower in the soil, so i have a feeling this won’t be the duty station for hens. they are beautiful! enjoy!!!

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