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September 2012 Vol. 2

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September 2012
Vol. 2

Rebecca : Hi Gina, We had a structure in our backyard that we enclosed to make a chicken coop and a storage shed. We also built a 15x15 ft. covered pen outside which is adjacent to the coop. We keep our 14 hens in the coop at night, and then let them out into the pen during the day.

We are originally from California, and moved to our home in VA on 2 acres a few years ago. We decided to utilize our property better, so we bought some newborn chicks last spring, and that is when construction started on the coop. We had the chicks in our home (contained) for 5 weeks. It was a challenge for my husband to get the coop finished in time - there were a few days where they were able to jump onto the ledge of their first home and even escaped a few times onto the basement floor. We had fun with them as chicks and are still enjoying our adventure with our hens. When we are home in the evening, we try to let them out to roam the yard while we watch them. We are in the woods, so we have to watch for hawks, foxes, coyotes, etc.... We have a cat and a dog that have been pretty accepting of our new family members. We have fun family time watching them roam and scratch for bugs, and loving the freedom of it all. We had a family of deer outside one evening, and one of the hens went right up to the buck and tried to peck at him. We were watching from the kitchen window in a panic that our little hen would get stomped! Luckily the buck just found the hen to be annoying, and they left the yard to go back into the woods.

They are doing a great job at laying eggs now. I found our first egg about 4 weeks ago. My husband had not yet finished the nesting boxes yet, but there was a black plastic box in the coop, and I had just turned it over "just in case" the night before. I believe I have full participation of all the 'girls' now...about 7 eggs a day. We do not have a rooster...I am a little weary of that as of yet, but maybe by reading this newsletter I will gain the


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