Chicken Scratch Fever

Monthly Archives: April 2014


Poop scoop boogie

Tonight, on their third night in the coop, two of the three chicks walked up the ramp and into the hen house all on their own! Once the birds saw Matt and I walking toward them, Gigi immediately flew up…

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Week six: Freedom!

I was at once excited and dreadful about putting the chicks out in the coop overnight for the first time. The temperature was to drop down to 34 degrees. I worried about whether or not I should leave food and…

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Bears confinement well

While researching which breeds to select for our chicks, one attribute stood out to me: bears confinement well. The Dominique, Black French Copper Marans and the Olive Egger (half Marans) all fell in this category. I dutifully took note, but…

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Week five: Drawing blood

Sunday started out simply. With temperatures in the 70s, I planned to re-stain the coop. I also knew the warm weather would be perfect for the chicks to spend the day in the run. After getting everyone settled, I put…

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Loose ends

With the weather finally warming, and the birds growing super fast, our minds went to finishing some of the loose ends so we can move them to the coop. On the list: build roosting bars for inside the hen house…

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Slideshow: The chicken coop build

It took us almost four months — through snow, rain and sub-freezing temperatures — to complete building the chicken coop. But you can watch the whole process here in just a few minutes!

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Week four: A breakthrough and bald spots

Loretta’s been playing hard to get. Literally. Every time I reach in to pick her up, she runs screaming. Once I have her securely in my hands, she frantically wiggles her wings free and beats them until I put her…

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