Chickens 4 the Hinsons ~ Week 3

Chickens 4 the Hinsons Week 3

Whoa. Chicks grow fast. I knew that, but experiencing it is a totally different adventure!

Catching up on our chick adventures? You can see week 1 here and week 2 here!

If I had nothing else to do, I would do this much of my day. I love hanging out with my girls. This is Freckles, by far the most chill and people-friendly chicken we have!

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She calls herself the Chicken Whisperer and we all agree. She has such a gentle and confident way with them.

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This is one of my girls, Gertie. She has the most color on her of all of the Black Sex Links.

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The feather growth on the younger set is gorgeous! On the left is a Barred Rock and on the right is a Rhode Island Red.

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Current brooder situation…


They now have a top! These girls are quite flighty!

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Added in a dust-bath-bowl. They love sitting in it!

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Also added a larger and higher roosting stick and they LOVE it!

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Chickens 4 the Hinsons ~ Week 2

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The chickens are so much fun. I continue to be totally smitten. Last week I shared all about our first week with these little fluffy ladies, you can see that post here!

Early in the week we hit a chick-milestone! Our baby girls started perching!!!

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It finally warmed up so we could take the girls back outside to explore and man were they adorable! She talked to them, strolled them around, and fully enjoyed seeing them peck and play in the yard.

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We set up the kid corral and let the chicks play outside for a very long time on a warm day. She sat out there with them and read her book. Highlight of her day, for sure!

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Aren’t they just the cutest???

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Thankful for sunshine and warmth!

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The girls in the family aren’t the only ones who love the chicks!

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By the end of the week, the growth blew us away! These babies grow fast! I feel like each day they are changing. I love seeing their feathers come in, it’s all just fascinating to us!

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Check out her big-girl feathers coming in!

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Current brooder situation…

We had to add side gates to keep them from getting out!!

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Coop progress…

We decided on red, and got to work painting this past week!

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Chickens 4 the Hinsons Week 1

Chickens 4 the Hinsons ~ Week 1

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I have wanted chickens for many MANY years.

It has never been the right time, until last Sunday! We tend to do big animal things like this spontaneously and it works well for us. We drove to Tractor Supply to see what they had and came home with 8 baby chicks! The first 8 were Black Sexlinks {I could not get over the name when I first heard it – total chicken novice here}.

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We fell in love instantly, got their brooder set up in a box we had and just stared at their cuteness. And their poop. They poop a lot.

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Our daughter LOVES these chicks. Although the final decision to actually take the plunge came from our oldest son, who is almost 16. He decided he wanted to raise chickens, which worked really well with my I really want chickens plan. Pac agreed to take care of them and we agreed to pay for them and help. Ladybug agreed to love them. A LOT.

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It was warm one day last week so we took them outside a few at a time to explore.

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Sadly one of our original 8 didn’t make it. We could see that she was weak and I hand fed/watered her and read everything and did everything I could figure out to help her but she left us one evening.

So, we did what any new chicken owner would do. We went out and got more.

We wanted 1 more, but they are only sold in sets of 4. Our local store only had straight runs {which I have now learned means boys and girls, “unsexed”}, and we didn’t want any roosters.

We called the store about 20 minutes away and they had TONS of pullets {girls} so we drove immediately! They had about 5 different kinds to choose from so we let our oldest son choose based on his research. He chose 2 Rhode Island Reds and 2 Barred Rocks. We drove away and he said, “Should we maybe get one more, just in case – for an even dozen?” Why not? We turned around, grabbed one more Barred Rock and headed home with our 5 new chicks.

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They fit right in with the others since they were about a week apart in age, and we began enjoying these new girls tremendously! It was especially fun to add the two red ones since they look so different!

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Once these gals were added the floor space in the box seemed too small so we made our own nipple water bottle, thanks to an idea from a friend! It worked wonderfully and only took them about an hour to figure out!

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Even with that bit of extra floor space, I realized that these 12 ladies were going to grow out of their brooder box quickly so I set to work on a DIY brooder that will hopefully hold them until they move to the coop. I looked at a few ideas online and then just came up with my own version!

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While I was inside getting the baby box together, the guys were outside building the big girl coop! We used all recycled material that we had gathered, the only thing we had to buy was some roofing, some 2x4s and two posts!

They have a lot more to do with the coop, but it is a great start!

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Here’s all of the girls, the ones with the white background are the new ones, about a week younger than the others.

Only a few have names so far, we are working on the others.

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