Look at what we got last night! We have been wanting to get chickens for quite a while now. In fact, we've had the coop ready since last spring. Well, we found some free chickens on Craigslist and they were less than an hour away . . . so we decided to go for it! We picked them up last night. There were four chickens and three ducks available, and we took them all. We planned to give all the ducks to some friends (who already have both chickens and ducks), but we ended up just giving them one and keeping the other two for now. We may give them to our friends later if we don't get any eggs from them (actually we think one is female and the other's male). Three of the chickens are mixed breed (reddish in color) and the other one is a spotted Sussex. We gave them all names, because it's just more fun that way! Of course, I might change my mind on that if we end up eating them eventually . . . ;)
Anyway, here are some more pictures for you. This one is Josie Pye (spotted Sussex). She's the most flighty of the chickens and the most uppity. :) She also is hard to get a good picture of, because of that!
The other three chickens are very friendly. Lucy is the most friendly and apparently rules the roost. She seems to tell the other girls what to do. :) Here are Julia and Josiah petting Lucy (the darker one) and Buttercup.
Josiah feeding Lucy.
Sam with Lucy.
The other chicken that I didn't post pictures of, is Marilla Cuthbert. She looks a lot like Lucy, only a little lighter, and she has more points on her comb.
The ducks are rather skittish and also difficult to photograph right now. Hopefully they will warm up to us more eventually! It was quite the adventure trying to catch them to get them into the coop tonight. :) This is Jemima. We named her mate Puddleduck.
And look! We already got two eggs! We are pretty sure at least one of the eggs was from Lucy; not sure about the second one. They were both in the same place, though, so maybe they were both from the same chicken? (Can chickens lay more than one egg at a time--somebody clue me in, I'm still very much a novice!) We had scrambled eggs and pancakes tonight for supper. :) Mmmm . . . it's very cool to eat eggs from our own chickens!
I'm sure I'll be posting more about our little menagerie as time goes by. Hope you enjoyed this little peek!