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Follow our adventures as we raise a tiny flock of chickens in suburban Bexley, Ohio.
Our chicken bloggers include Tami Taylor, a Welsummer, and Tyra, a Jersey Giant.
RIP, Betty, Joan, Sally & Peggy.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Poop, Here! Get'yer chicken poo here.

In preparation for moving, we did some digging out yesterday.  If any Columbusite Composters are looking for some "gardening gold" for their compost heaps, let me know!  It's all bagged up and ready to go.  I'd say it's about half-way composted at this point (poop + pine shavings + leaves).  The bags are liftable...maybe 30 lbs?
Feb 7th is moving day for the humans.  We'll see about those chickens.  They might have to wait for the weekend.

(I bagged the chicken poop in the Layena bags -- which makes it seem like a simple factory line: Layena = eggs + poop (dorky stats joke: would the hens be a mediator or a moderator?)

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Fenceposts at the new house

In another attempt to debunk the "get hens for cheap eggs" myth, I'll share our new gate project at the new house. In a few weeks we'll be moving shop to another house in Bexley. Of course the ladies will be coming too, but there have been some necessary preparations to make a space that'll work for them. We're creating another fenced off chicken run area on the side of the house. Yesterday the contractor was out here in the cold digging fence post holes. By Monday evening we'll be chicken-ready. All for the bargain price of $800. How many Ohio Family Farm, organic, cruelty free, etc, eggs could we buy for that?
Clearly we're not in this for the savings!!

Hello Delaware!

Delaware, Ohio, our sort-of neighbor, is considering the chicken issue.  It seems there are many Delaware residents who are interested in owning a few pet hens, and a few Delaware residents who are concerned about the unknowns.  I'm so pleased that, for the most part, Delaware seems to be fully exploring the issue with patience and amicability.  Way to go Delaware!  If I can be a resource, or if City Council wants to take a field trip to our house, please let me know!

When others come to our website, I always feel compelled to (1) invite them over to check out the chix in person, and (2) explain/apologize for how our back yard must look in photos.  Please understand that the pictures of the chicken run are shots of a small area on the side of our house.  The area is probably 5x24 ft (I'm terrible at estimating).  We've packed too much into that area, but it's all behind privacy fencing.  If we had this run out in our yard, in view of the patio, we wouldn't have loaded in nearly so much.  For example, we would've thought twice about that second (unnecessary) chicken coop.  In fact, we're moving in 2 weeks to another house in Bexley, and I'm already thinking twice about that second chicken coop.  How on Earth are we going to move all this chicken stuff?  I suggested making a Conestoga wagon out of a kids' red wagon and dragging them to the new house, but I've been vetoed :)

Look at that strong yolk!

This breakfast makes the morning de-icing of the chix's water worth it.