We got chickens and ducks! You read that right and I wanted to make it blog official! This place is feeling more farm like already. I’ve shared little snippets about our newest family members over on Instagram, but I wanted to share some more of the details about our fluffy little friends!
I’ve been wanting to tell you guys about our poultry news here for awhile, but honestly, we’ve been dealing with a few things that have kept me from being very blog productive. First of all, I’ve had some sort of stomach issues for awhile and I meet with the GI specialist this coming week. (Any prayers you could spare for a good outcome would certainly be welcomed!)
Second, during the process of doctoring, I also found out that I am extremely anemic, which probably has contributed to my lack of motivation and general laziness over the past couple of months. I’ve started taking iron supplements and that seems to be helping a bit.
Third, about a week and a half ago, we lost our sweet kitty Rowan to congestive heart failure. He was only 2.5, so it was pretty devasting for our family to lose him so quickly. He was such a friendly little guy and we will miss his antics and snuggles.
Anyway… back to the chicks and ducklings! Aren’t their fluffy little butts so cute?
We currently have 10 Silkies (white), 4 Plymouth Barred Rocks (black and white), and 2 Pekin Ducks. Originally, we only wanted 3 of each chicken breed, but the silkies are sold in 5’s and as a straight run (males and females) and we wanted to make sure we had several females. Plus, the hatchery sent 1 extra of each chick breed! Unfortunately, we did lose one Silkie the first night, but the rest have been growing at amazing speed since then!
They are about 6.5 weeks old now (in the awkward teenage phase) and have been so fun to watch grow and change.
The ducklings are massive (I had no idea they would grow this much in such a short time period!) Both of them are female and have the cutest sister bond ever. We named them Poppy and Paisley.
As for the chicks, each member of our family has claimed and named one of the Barred Rock cuties. Their names are Obscura, Robber, Lunch, and Sable. Our plan is to raise them and enjoy the eggs they produce, but my husband thought that Lunch was an appropriate name for one of them. He can be a bit cheeky.
Unfortunately, we have yet to name the Silkies. Since we don’t know whether they are pullets (female) or cockerels (male), naming them seems like a bit of a waste of time. Plus, we will more than likely rehome the cockerels at some point. In the meantime, I do have a list of names prepared!
My hubby has also been intently working on transforming an old shed on our property into a chicken coop. He has done so much, but there is still quite a bit to finish. Once it is all done, I will be back to share all of the details. I can’t wait for you to see it finished!!!
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