Five girls (hopefully) have joined our family:  Rose, Martha, Donna, Amy and Clara (extra points if you get the reference).

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I had chickens when I was a kid, briefly as a young adult, and again back in 2000- up until about 2005.  At that point I was so immersed in RSE I had to give up my guinea pig showing and breeding, and my chickens.  Between the kids and the business I had no time for anything else.  Also Mike didn’t like the way the chickens tore up the grass in the yard to make dustbaths when it got dry.

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Now that the kids are grown up we decided to keep a few backyard hens again.  This time around they will have their own yard, with semi-supervised free range time in the backyard.  This project has kept me extremely busy for the past 5 weeks;  raising tiny day old chicks, training the dogs not to eat them, building the coop.  Oh my gosh, building the coop- that project seemed to go on forever, but it’s finally finished!  The outside is, anyway.  The girls won’t need a real roost or nest boxes for a month or so, so I saved the furniture for last.

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They were finally old enough to move in to their new digs on Monday night, their 5 week birthday, but I actually didn’t finish all the trim and paintwork until yesterday.  I’m so glad to have it finished– on the first day of summer– finally!

The two little boys get along with the chickens great.  George is okay unless Donna pecks him in the eye, and then he will retaliate.  I’m not sure if it would be easier to teach the chickens not to molest the dogs, or vice versa.

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