Saturday, June 16, 2012
There's been a Coup!
A chicken Coup! Yep, there's a new queen of the roost -- a shake-up in the pecking order.
My friend and CSA provider found a source of chickens out in her neck of the woods and she brought me 3 laying hens to the Germantown farmers' market this morning where I pick up my CSA share. They are a black Austrolorp, a Buff Orpington, and a Rhode Island Red (which I have named Chickamauga, Chickahominy, and Chicken Noodle). We put them in the coop and they immediately took over the prime real estate -- exercising dominion over the food, water and nesting boxes.
My 3 old girls are hanging out downstairs and defending their turf -- they get the cool dirt and dust bath area.
This afternoon Gwynno and Pomegranate made their way upstairs to the nesting area and huddled together and laid 2 eggs, while Chickamauga camped out on the other side of the nesting area and gave me the first egg from the new bunch. After the egg laying they all glowered at one another and G and P decamped back downstairs. There's no fussing as long as everyone keeps their distance.
My poor coop is so decrepit -- bits and pieces falling off, doors rotting. It has served well for 14 years for our rabbit and for the past 6 years, the chickens. I've ordered a new coop from Amazon and it should arrive sometime next week, when I can take some time to paint and assemble it.
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