HEY HEY WE'RE THE 
 CHICKENS!
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AND SO IT BEGAN, WITH 6 PING PONG BALL-SIZED COMET HEN CHICKS.
 COMETS, EXCELLENT LAYERS, ARE A CROSS BETWEEN RHODE ISLAND REDS AND WHITE [FOGHORN] LEGHORNS
AT 2 WEEKS OF AGE,
 THE CHICKS COME OUTSIDE TO SPEND THEIR DAYS IN THE CHICKEN TRACTOR WHICH IS ALL MADE FROM PVC PIPE. WE DID HAVE TO REMOVE THE BLUE NOODLES BECAUSE THE CHICKS STARTED EATING THEM AT ABOUT 6 WEEKS OF AGE!
THEY LEARN TO PERCH AND WE USE AN INOPERABLE RIDE-ON TOY FROM THE DUMP SHOP  FOR ITS WHEELS. 
 WE NEEDED 2 WHEELS, AND IT HAD 3 GOOD ONES. 
 WE PUT THE RIDE-ON BODY IN THE TRACTOR CAGE FOR THEM TO PLAY ON ALSO.
THEN WE HUNG IT IN THE CAGE WITH WEED EATER STRING FOR A SWING AND THE FUN REALLY BEGAN.
                    A FLOWER POT IN THE GARDEN  WITH DIRT SPROUTED SOME CLOVER.
 PERFECT! THE CHICKS LOVE IT. 3 WEEKS OLD? IN THIS SHOT.
                    ABOUT ONE MONTH OLD NOW, NIGHTS ARE NOW SPENT IN THE BATHROOM IN A DOG CRATE.  WHERE'S OUR NEW HOUSE?
                   THE FOUNDATION IS BUILT AND DOG-GUARDED.
      SEVERAL DAYS OF STORMY WEATHER CAUSED DELAYS. THE CANOPY FROM A WRECKED PATIO UMBRELLA MAKES A GREAT SUN/RAIN SHELTER FOR THE TRACTOR. HEIDI GIRL GETS CAUGHT MID-SHAKE.
                        THE WALLS ARE ALL FRAMED. WE ADDED SOME WINDOWS TO THE DESIGN..
      A MONTH AFTER WE GOT OUR COMETS, THREE NEW PING-PONG BALL-SIZED BLUE AMERICAUNA  EASTER EGGERS
 JOINED THE SQUADRON. WE CALL THEM LITTLE BLACKIE, GOLDENEYE AND HAWKEYE.
 IF THEY ARE ALL FEMALE, AND IT SEEMS THAT THEY ARE, THEY WILL LAY BLUE, GREEN, PINK, BROWN OR YELLOW EGGS.
AND ON WITH THE WORK. THE FOCUS IS ON THE ROOF NOW. WHILE ALL THIS WAS HAPPENING, IT RAINED EVERY DAY, WITH FREQUENT SHOWERS FOLLOWED BY CLEARING. WE HAD TO COVER THE ROOF WITH PLASTIC A COUPLE OF TIMES BEFORE WE COULD GET IT PAINTED.
THE ROOF IS ON!
                  NEXT COME THE WALLS.
                      ALL THE WALLS ARE ON!
   THE ROOF IS PAINTED. THE WEATHER WAS LOOMING, BUT THE PAINT WAS DRY BEFORE THE RAIN CAME.
                  OUR MISSY WATCHES EVERY MOVE WITH GREAT INTEREST. THE INTERIOR IS PREPARED FOR THE NEW TENANTS.
WE CAULKED AND PAINTED THE FLOOR WITH A GLOSS LATEX PAINT.
  THE WEATHER IN THE SPRING OF 2016 WAS A FACTOR THE WHOLE TIME. THERE WERE MANY INTERRUPTIONS. BUT THE CHICKENS IN THE BATHROOM WEREN'T GETTING ANY SMALLER
BARELY VISIBLE HERE BUT VIVID IN REAL LIFE,
 WE HAD AMAZING RAINBOWS AS THE SUN SHONE THROUGH THE RAIN.
AS SOON AS THAT DOOR WAS ON, 
IN WENT THE COMETS.
SONNY WANTED TO SEE THE CHICKENS TO BE SURE THEY WERE OK. WE WERE USING THE LADDER TO LOOK IN, AND WHEN WE WERE DONE HE PUT HIS FEET UP ON THE LADDER.
SO WE HELPED HIM GET UP AND LOOK AS LONG AS HE WANTED, BUT HE NEEDED HELP TO GET DOWN. THEN OF COURSE THE REST OF THE DOGS HAD TO LOOK.
SO THE CHICKENS WATCHED THE SUN SET IN THEIR NEW HOME.
NOW THAT THE CHICKENS ARE IN THEIR NEW HOME. THEY WORK THE TRACTOR ALMOST EVERY DAY, MOWING THE YARD FOR US,, WHILE THE WORK CONTINUES ON THE COOP; PUTTING ON TRIM, AND BUILDING AND INSTALLING THE CHICKEN DOOR, AND THE NESTING BOX.  
THE TRIM IS ON.  
FREE RANGE TIME!
THE GIRLS TAKE A STROLL AROUND THE AREA
THEY DO REAL WELL LOOSE IN THE YARD, LIKE IT'S ROUTINE.
THE BLUES COME OUT FOR SOME SKY TIME. 
OF COURSE SONNY IS WORRIED ABOUT THEM
THEY GET A GOOD LOOKING-OVER
 FROM THE COMETS.
THEY HAD BEEN LIVING IN A TOTE ON TOP OF THE COMETS' DOG CRATE, BUT NO DIRECT CONTACT.
THEY ARE ABOUT 1 WEEK? OLD IN THESE PICTURES. THEY ARE ONE MONTH YOUNGER THAN THE COMETS. WHAT A DIFFERENCE A MONTH MAKES!
THEY GET A GOOD LOOK AT THE COMETS.  THEY WILL NOW LIVE IN THE DOG CRATE, INSIDE THE COOP WITH THE COMETS.
This page was last updated on: December 7, 2016
THIS ROOSTER IS THE FATHER OF OUR 
BLUE AMERICAUNA EASTER EGGERS.
Rooster:
Blue Ameraucana (blue egg gene)

THE NEST BOX IS COMPLETED
THE RUN IS COMPLETED, AND THE BLUES AND THE COMETS ARE NOW LIVING AND WORKING TOGETHER.
 THERE WAS SOME HAZING FROM THE COMETS AT FIRST, BUT THE YOUNGER BIRDS ARE PRETTY PLUCKY THEMSELVES, AND THEY ARE RAPIDLY GROWING TO SIZE, AND ARE NEARLY AS BIG AS THE COMETS NOW, WHICH ARE GETTING BIG ENOUGH TO PULL A WAGON!
BUT THERE IS SUCH A THING AS A PECKING ORDER.
BUT THE BLUES MAY GROW INTO A LARGER BIRD THAT THE COMETS...
THE CHICKEN DOOR IS INSTALLED
NICE website, Our chicken coop is based on her design.
AIN'T NOBODY HERE BUT US CHICKENS!
THIS CHAIR IS A SWING, AND HANGS ABOUT 4 INCHES OFF THE GROUND ON WEED EATER STRING LIKE THE RIDE-ON TOY IN THEIR CHICKEN TRACTOR.
WE TOOK 12 INCHES OFF THE WALL STUDS, AND RAISED THE FLOOR 24 INCHES. IF I EVER DO ANOTHER ONE, I'LL FOLLOW THE ORIGINAL PLAN AND STILL RAISE THE FLOOR. THEY LOVE THAT COOL SHADY SPACE UNDER THE COOP.
                                                                                 THE CHAIRS IN THE RUN HAVE CRACKED LEGS, AND WERE HEADED  FOR THE TRASH  
 NOW THE BLUES ARE 2 WEEKS OLD. UP TO THIS TIME THEY WERE LIVING IN THE BIG TOTE IN THE BATHROOM AT NIGHT AND PENNED NEXT TO THE TRACTOR DURING THE DAY. 
THEN THEY STAYED IN THE  DOG CRATE IN THE COOP AT NIGHT UNTIL THEY GOT A LITTLE SIZE ON THEM.
UNTIL WE BUILT THE RUN.
THE BLUES STAYED IN THE DOG CRATE INSIDE THE COOP AT NIGHT UNTIL THE RUN COULD BE BUILT. oN SOME DAYS, WE PUT THE COMETS IN THE TRACTOR FOR THE DAY, AND LET THE LITTLE BLUES HAVE THE RUN OF THE COOP, WHICH THEY SEEMED TO ENJOY VERY MUCH, SPENDING THOSE CARE-FREE HOURS
 TRYING OUT ALL THE PERCHES IN ALL THE WINDOWS, AND EATING  AS MUCH AS THEY WANTED AS LONG AS THEY WANTED.

WHEN THE RUN WAS READY, WE OPENED THE CHICKEN DOOR AND THEY ALL WENT OUT TOGETHER.
THOUGH THEY WERE STILL SMALLER, AT LEAST THEY HAD ROOM TO RUN AWAY
AND THEY ARE STILL GROWING!
WE IS LITTLE
THIS IS BLONDIE

Hens :
Black Australorp (brown egg layer)
Barred Rock (brown egg layer)
Blue Andalusian (white egg layer)
Easter-Egger (green egg layer)
White Ameraucana (blue egg layer)
Black Copper Maran (dark brown egg layer)

M​OST OF THE HENS THAT LAID THE BATCH 
THAT OUR CHICKS HATCHED FROM
 LOOKED LIKE THIS ONE
I WANTED TO PRINT OUT THIS 360 PANORAMIC MURAL FOR THE NESTING BOX DOOR, BUT I SET IT UP WRONG, 
AND IT PRINTED ABOUT 1/2 SIZE. 
I TRIED TO RUN IT AGAIN,  BUT WE RAN THE PRINTER OUT OF THE COLORS AS WE DID.
I'LL DO ANOTHER ONE SOON FOR THEM.
MEANWHILE, THE HENS CAN LAY EGGS IN BLACK AND WHITE.
CHOOSE YOUR OWN  BACK GROUND SOUNDS
LIFE FOR CHICKENS IN THE FACTORY POULTRY AND EGG FARMS IS PRETTY SAD. 
IN THE EGG HOUSES, THE LITTLE MALE CHICKS ARE IMMEDIATELY MECHANICALLY CRUSHED TO DEATH AT BIRTH AND USED AS BY-PRODUCTS.

THE FEMALES EXIST IN CROWDED CAGES, ONLY AS LONG AS THEY ARE LAYING EGGS, 2-3 YEARS?
 WHICH IS LONGER THAN THE POULTRY BIRDS,
 WHO ARE GONE AFTER JUST A FEW MONTHS.

IF DISEASE IS DISCOVERED IN A FACILITY, ALL THE CHICKENS CAN BE SLAUGHTERED. 

OUR HENS ARE OUR BELOVED PETS, AND WILL BE 
TREATED LIKE MOVIE STARS FOR AS LONG AS THEY LIVE,
 WHETHER THEY ARE LAYING EGGS OR NOT.

THEY ARE HAVING A BLAST, AND WE ARE GETTING A KICK OUT OF THEM.
WE HAVE A SOURCE FOR  FERTILIZED EGGS OF THESE ALL-BLACK CHICKENS FOR ABOUT $18.00? EACH.
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THESE ARE NOT OUR CHICKENS!  
THE CHICKEN GIRLS COLLECTION
INTERIOR DECOR FOR THE COOP.
ROOSTER ACTION!
INTERIOR DECOR FOR THE COOP.
AND THIS IS A HAWK, SITTING IN A TREE DIRECTLY OVER THE CHICKEN RUN!  COULDN'T GET A DECENT PICTURE BUT WE COULD SEE HIM JUST FINE.
THE SOCCER GIRLS COLLECTION
INTERIOR DECOR FOR THE COOP
THE GOLF GIRLS COLLECTION
INTERIOR DECOR FOR THE COOP.
THE TENNIS GIRLS COLLECTION
INTERIOR DECOR FOR THE COOP.
FIRST EGG! AUGUST 6, 2016!
WATCH ME KNOCK YOUR HAT OFF

SPEAKING OF ROOSTERS  
CRISIS WITH THE EASTER EGGERS
     TWO OF OUR BLUE EASTER EGGERS ARE ROOSTERS!

SO WITH HEAVY HEARTS WE WE MUST FIND NEW HOMES FOR TWO OF OUR BEAUTIFUL PETS,
LITTLE BLACKIE AND GOLDENEYE. 

SO WHAT WILL BE THEIR FATE? A HAPPY LIFE ON SOME AREA FARM...
OR THE
 CHOP?
SPOOKY THE CAT,  LITTLE BLACKIE, GOLDENEYE, 
AND GOLDENEYE'S LATEST GIRLFRIEND BLONDIE 
GO FOR A STROLL.
MEET THE COUSINS
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WHEN DOES THE WAKE START? 
WE'RE JUST HERE FOR THE FOOD.
I MADE THIS WINDOW MOUNT FOR DVD PLAYERS OR ANDROID TABLET FOR VIDEOS.
 IT HANGS ON THE HARDWARE CLOTH 
AND CAN BE USED INSIDE OR OUT. 
WE WANT TO INSTALL ELECTRICITY INTO THE COOP AND GIVE THEM THEIR OWN TV FOR THE COLD WEATHER AND STORMY NIGHTS WHEN THE WINDOWS ARE SHUTTERED.
SOME OF THE BIRDS ARE MORE INTERESTED THAN OTHERS IN THE VIDEOS, BUT THOSE REALLY WATCH THEM. THEY LIKE THE SPORTS SKILLS VIDEOS, AND MOVIES WITH HORSES SEEM TO HOLD THEIR ATTENTION.
AND THEY LIKE VIDEOS ABOUT CHICKENS, LIKE THE ONE AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PAGE. 

    SOME GOOD NEWS, WE FOUND A HOME FOR
 LITTLE BLACKIE!
A LOCAL COUPLE WHO ALREADY HAS A FLOCK WANTED 
ONE ROOSTER 
SO WE SENT LITTLE BLACKIE TO LIVE WITH THEM. 
THEY HAVE SOME ACREAGE AND THEY LET THEIR
 25?  CHICKENS FREE RANGE SO THAT'S A GOOD DEAL FOR HIM.
WE ARE GOING TO TRY
 TO KEEP GOLDENEYE.
 HE  ISN'T ALL THE WAY GROWN UP YET BUT HE DOES A GOOD JOB MINDING THE FLOCK WHO ARE ALL A MONTH OLDER.

ALSO WE DON'T WANT TO SEPARATE HIM FROM HIS SISTER  HAWKEYE, THE LAST OF THE BLUES. SHE'S ALWAYS HAS BEEN REAL SNUGGLY WITH HER BROTHERS SINCE THEY WERE TEENY TINY, AND SHE STILL ROOSTS WITH GOLDENEYE.

THE BLUES MOVE ON
BRIGHT FUTURES FOR THE EASTER EGGERS
AS THE BLUES GREW UP AND MATURED, WE BEGAN TO SEE HOW DIFFERENT THEY WERE FROM THE RED COMET HENS.

 WHILE LOOKING THROUGH THE LOCAL CRAIGSLIST, WE MET A LOCAL FARMER LOOKING FOR HOMES FOR SOME OF HIS HENS, INCLUDING SOME COMETS. IN DISCUSSIONS, THE SUBJECT OF THE THE BLUES CAME UP, AND WE ASKED IF HE NEEDED A ROOSTER. WE TOLD HIM ABOUT GOLDENEYE AND HAWKEYE, AND WANTING TO KEEP THEM TOGETHER.  HE AGREED TO TRADE TWO COMETS FOR THE TWO BLUES, AND WE PURCHASED TWO MORE. SO OUR FLOCK IS NOW 10 COMET LAYING HENS. 

WHEN THE FARMER SAW GOLDIE AND HAWKEYE TOGETHER, HE COULD SEE HOW ATTACHED THEY WERE, AND HE DECIDED TO START A COOP FOR THE BLUES, AND START BUYING MORE BLUE HENS, AND OFFER THE EASTER EGGER EGGS TO HIS BUYERS. 

SO GOLDIE AND HAWKEYE NOW LIVE WITH OVER 50 OTHER CHICKENS IN A REAL BARNYARD, AND THEY WILL HAVE A GREAT TIME. SO WE GOT LUCKY, AND FOUND GOOD HOMES FOR OUR TWO ROOSTERS, AND THE THIRD BLUE EGGER HEN. WE WILL MISS THEM, BUT ARE SURE THEY WILL HAVE A GOOD LIFE. MEANWHILE, THE 4 NEW COMETS THINK THEY HAVE WOKE UP IN HOLLYWOOD. THEY ARE EATING FOOD LIKE THEY HAVE NEVER HAD, AND HAVE A GREAT PEACEFUL, STRESSLESS LIFE  AS OUR PETS, AND ARE ASSIMILATING RIGHT INTO THE GROUP.