Mike's been buying crumbles instead of pellets because we get a better price. I throw out a few handfuls for them to scratch for, but I put the bulk of it in this feeding trough someone gave us. It works great, but they climb on top of each other to get to the feed.
This is Little Chicken, the first chicken we ever hatched. He's come of age and has been in with the hens. But he's gotten mean since we took those four other young roosters out. And since these eggs are for eating only, he got removed this weekend.
The big breasted gal in the box is one of my first. She was full grown when we got her last February, so I don't know how old she is. She's really a broiler, so we're not getting any eggs from these girls as of yet. They may get the chop-chop this year. The red headed girl is from one of the broilers and the RI Red rooster. She was hatched early last summer, so she should start laying soon. These girls don't have names yet. The white stuff is lime powder. We cleaned the "stuff" off the next boxes and sprinkled the lime to cut down on the smell. It ain't bad, but we don't want it to get that way, either.
Dana is our sorta pet chicken. She's got an enlarged left foot, and as far as I know, she's not layed an egg for us. She walks with a limp and always gives me a laugh when she tries to run. It's the funniest sight!
This was Stripey Cat's first encounter with a chicken. He plays out back behind the coop in the small grove of pines, but he rarely pays any attention to the birds. He just sniffed a few times then sprinted across the yard. His attention span is still about 15 seconds cause he's so young still. Heading out to my parent's this weekend. Haven't been out there since the new year. I'm sure I'll get scolded.
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