Monday, November 10, 2014

Urban Backyard Chickens: the first 6 months

A summary of our first six months raising urban backyard chickens in Grant Park, Atlanta: 
May 29th - bring home 7 chicks. 4 Ameraucanas, 3 Silkies. We hand raise them in a brooder in our dining room. The "chick cam" is born. 
• June 7th - the chicks pose on the front porch in my favorite vintage milk glass pieces for their official baby pics
July 11th - the chicks move outside into the coop. 
• August 23rd - Mary Anne mysteriously dies. We suspect she either ate glass (there is a lot of it buried in the yard) or suffered heat stroke.
• Late August - Blackbeard crows: surprise Roo#1. 
September 7th - bring home three 5 month old Gold Lace Wyandottes to replace the unexpected rooster and unexpected death. The "new girls" quickly dominate the existing flock. 
• September 13th - Starbuck crows: surprise Roo#2.
• September 24th - Professor dies after battling a parasite for several days. She was the friendliest and my clear favorite; this loss is hard.
• October 12th - We find our first eggs in the coop. It seems the Wyandottes are laying but the Ameraucanas are not (those eggs should be mint colored).
• October 17th - "New Girl" Wyandotte is eaten by the neighbor's dog. 
• November 9th - Sparrow crows: surprise Roo#3. This means all of the Silkies are roosters. This news coincides with a neighbor finally complaining. Verdict: my adorable "Muppets" must go... but where? Help, please (seriously - help)!

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