We have had chickens for about a year now, we just love them. The eggs are pretty great too! ;) I have been buying a couple of hens at a time, mostly on Craigslist. The Man and our neighbor Lisa built a way cool chicken coop. It is more like a house really and we started out with 5 hens and a Rooster. They sleep in the house and at that time had free run of the yard. Well, someone that lives around here (I have yet to find out who they are) has a dog that had a taste for fresh chickens. Within about 2 weeks of getting them we lost the first hen to this rouge dog. If I knew where that dog lived, I would have left what was left of my girl on his front porch...anyway, we have lost a few that way and my Rooster, Captain Jack, got sick and died last Fall. I have replaced the hens but it's not possible to replace my sweet boy. Anyway, we currently have 4 1/2 hens and get 3-5 eggs a day. I say 1/2 because one of them is a Bantam hen and she is about half the size of the other ladies (so are her eggs). Her name is Gloria, isn't she adorable?
So we opted to buy some babies this winter. I ordered them in January with a ship date of March 21. They got here today. I had to take 2 of the boys to the dentist this morning and the post office called while I was there to come and get them. By the time they were done and I did a few errands, we picked em up about 1:30. Got em home, popped open the box and...lookie there...
We had cleaned out the garage this weekend and set up a brooding pen for them. They need access to an area that is between 90-95 degrees so we set up a heat lamp and fresh food and water and tossed them in there.
They are a mix of at least 4 different types of egg laying breeds. I also got a couple extra 'easter eggers', I just couldn't pass up chickens that lay green eggs. ;)