Last Saturday, while Stephen was at home finishing up the chicken tractor, the girls and I trucked it down to Currituck to get ourselves some hens. Lets just say there were a LOT of chickens in dozens of different tractors. And the farmer didn't really know what he had. So it took us awhile. We finally ended up with a Rhode Island Red who is about a year old, a Blue Wheaten Ameraucana who is about 6 months, and a Blue Laced Red Wyandotte and a Lavender Orpington who are 4-5 months old.
We got them home with no problems, and they spent their first night in the chicken tractor in the garage, since the wheels weren't yet attached. On Sunday afternoon, they were wheeled out into the backyard and immediately started pecking and scratching. I don't think any of them had ever seen a single blade of grass in their short lifetimes.
Within a short time, the girls came running in with an egg from Scarlett. They were so excited!
On Monday, I spent way too much time watching them. We got another egg very late in the afternoon from Scarlett and another one today from Extra Crispy. Look at the difference in size between the first one and this one:
HERE. He added his own little touches here and there, including ventilation windows on the front and back that can be closed up in really cold weather. The heat is more of an issue here, which is why we chose to add them.
We have a garden, we have bees, and now we have chickens. I think I'm officially an urban homesteader!