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New chicken coop and pen

We added 3 little Araucanas “Easter Egger” chicks to our family about a month ago. We chose this breed for their hardiness in cold temps as well as their large, beautiful multi-colored eggs that can be green, pink, blue, or lovely chocolate brown.

New chicken coop and pen

Last weekend Dave and I worked on building the coop (Mostly Dave. He likes the tools. I painted and held stuff.) and then this weekend we built the run. This morning the girls had their homecoming when the two structures were joined and they were allowed to have their run of the place. They’re having a blast.

New chicken coop and pen

I sprinkled some fresh basil and meal worms in the run alongside their usual feed and water and they went nuts! It never fails that no matter how many treats there are, the first one who grabs a bite get chased by the other two, even as they step all over the extras. Go figure. I just came in from sitting on a garden stool and watching them for about an hour. Their behavior is so interesting and funny.

We’re really enjoying the whole experience of owning these interesting animals.

New chicken coop and pen