Chickens

I don’t have too much new to report about the dogs. I started a RebelFire Goldens Facebook page for puppy families, friends and families on the waiting list to share stories and see pictures.

About two weeks ago we got chickens. We got two silky crosses, an Ameraucana 4 olive easter eggers, and 4 barred rocks. One of the silky crosses ended up being a rooster, so he found a new home last week. Yesterday we found out that at least one of the olive Easter eggers is a male, so he’s in search of a new home. We suspect one more of the olives is a boy, so he’ll be moving on as well. In Guelph we are allowed 10 birds and none of them can be roosters. Once the roosters find new homes, we’ll be down to eight hens. We bought them for fresh eggs, and to raise.

Their coop is a little red and white barn, and their run is fully enclosed. We used two Xpens to build it. Huib also put up a 5.5 foot black metal fence to keep the dogs back.

For enrichment, we put in a landscaping rock and a wood thing they can climb on and perch. Huib is also going to make them a swinging perch, and a chicknic table. There are food dispensing toys you can buy chickens, but we’ll wait a bit on those. On warm days, we put frozen fruit kabobs in the run. We can also make ice cubes with corn or peas inside, or hang a cabbage for them to peck at and peel. It’s so neat to see all the things you can do for your chickens.

I joined a clicker training chickens group on Facebook. I’m not sure how much I’ll teach the ladies, but even having them come to their names would be cool. We named them after Disney characters.

Elsa is a silky cross. Arial is an Ameraucana. Queenie (aka Queen of Hearts) is an olive, and Maleficent is also an olive. We haven’t named the barred rocks yet, as they are too small to see any differences.

If you follow me on Instagram (@ruledbypaws), you can see pictures of the ladies. If you do follow us, let me know, so I can follow you back.

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