We’re in our 6th week with our chicken friends and I thought that I’d give you a little chicken update and tell you how things are going. I’m so delighted with our new feathered friends and the boys are too! We have been thoroughly enjoying watching them grow – very quickly, I might add – and watching them play and hop around.
First of all, it’s far less work than I had anticipated. When we began telling friends and family that we would be getting chickens people were amused and skeptical and took the opportunity to remind me that owning chickens would require me to *gasp* feed and clean up after them. You know, since I clearly have no sweet clue how pet ownership works. I was quite prepared for a smelly mess of poop and feathers and have been pleasantly surprised to find that, while they certainly do poop and don’t smell like roses, it’s not as bad as I thought it would be.
To give you an idea of daily care, each day I go out to the coop to get them fresh food and water (more often if it’s hot outside). That’s pretty much it in terms of daily activities. I do spend some time each day petting and talking to them so that they know that I am their mama and I bring them treats in the form of kitchen scraps and freeze dried mealworms. I’d say that in all, caring for them takes about 10 minutes out of my day and is very enjoyable. On a weekly basis, I wheel over the compost bin and sweep out all of the hay and pine chips from inside the coop and replace it with fresh stuff. I also rake out any leftover treats and things from the run outside of the coop. The coop cleanup might take me 15-20 mins if I’m being super tedious and picky but it’s also a pretty quick job to take care of.
I filmed a weekly chicken update for the first few weeks if you’re interested in taking a peek and the little nuggets in action!
Chicken ownership has been such a great experience so far and I’m happy that we decided to go for it! If you’re interested, I can continue bringing a chicken update whenever there is something exciting (like our first eggs) to report!
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