Getting ready for chickens

Broody hen

In two weeks we will have sweet little chicks (fingers crossed)! Our lovely broody hen is being such a good mama keeping ten little eggs warm. And she seems to be settling into her new home well after arriving from the farm.

chicken coop

Before she arrived the children worked with their dad to build the chicken coop. Watching them work together on a project is super lovely. Seeing them problem solve and reach an outcome is rewarding on many levels. He gives them tasks and they quickly jump to them, happy to be able to really help.

chicken coop

Having chickens was high on our wish list when we started thinking about moving home. And we are lucky that my brother-in-law has a chicken farm. So when he knew we were ready he sent this lovely broody hen to us, together with ten fertile eggs to pop under her once she settled.

coop

The children and I check our mother hen a few times each day. And each time we do she is happily sitting on her eggs. I wasn’t sure she was eating and drinking at first – but thankfully her survival instincts remain even while she is broody!

chook coop

I must say I am very thankful for a husband who looks at our weekend ‘to do lists’ with an open mind. He is used to my lists and we always make impressive headway through them. And bee hives are next (*laughing* sorry, just added that for my husband!)

chickens

Have you hatched your own eggs? Any tips?

Blessings, Kelly

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6 Comments

  • Reply Zena March 18, 2015 at 9:03 am

    What a gorgeous chicken pen! I grew up with chickens but have not had any in my adult life. We’ll be getting some soon though and I’ll have to learn all over again:)

    • Reply Kelly March 19, 2015 at 1:05 pm

      I was so taken with this pen 😉 and we are so enjoying having a mama hen. I bet when you get chooks it will all come back to you!

  • Reply Bek @ Just For Daisy March 21, 2015 at 10:44 pm

    Is the pen new? Where from?
    We’re in the planning stages of chooks too! We’re deciding whether to buy a pen or to build something custom for our yard/needs.
    How exciting to have chicks to hatch! Can’t wait to follow along with your chooks and learn off you guys!!

  • Reply kate @ livinglovinglaughing March 23, 2015 at 10:39 pm

    How exciting!!! We love our chookies but bought them at 25 wks so never hatched them – that is an extra level of fun 🙂

  • Reply katepickle March 24, 2015 at 10:08 am

    A broody hen is the coolest way to start your backyard chicken journey!!!!
    We’ve hatched chicks on many many occasions and it is still just as exciting as the first time! Make sure you candle the eggs as that is really really cool!

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