Wednesday Goodies: Chicken time!

Yooooouuuu guys. I have them! Cheekens!

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while…. I’ve had this chicken dream for a while. It took a lot of convincing my hubby. I planted the idea TWO years ago. Yeah. TWO. It was an immediate no. Cause… well. Chickens in the city? That was not his idea of a good time. BUT, with time…. he grew to like the idea… then decided he did want chickens. First things first… we needed a fence. Last summer we saved up and the hubs built a little picket fence. It still needs to be painted and we need to put some chicken wire at the base, but it’s just about there!

Let me introduce you to the girls (Pleease let them all be girls… I guess there’s a 10%ish chance the didn’t get the sex right, and we have a rooster… which is a no no in the city). Any who…. Here they are:

Mrs. Pickles.

My husband named her, and I kinda like it. Mrs. Pickles is loud. She doesn’t seem like she’s distressed, but she’ll randomly screech out real loud and let us all know she’s awake.

She’s a Blue Cochin. To give you an idea of what she’ll look like… here’s a little photo of an adult below.

Booksat

Uhhh. Yeah. I’m not sure about the name either. Buuuut, that’s what my kiddo named her. I kept asking her over and over what the name was and she never forgot it, “Booksat.” So, Booksat it is. I imagine we’ll probably start calling her “Booksy” or something. All our pets have crazy nicknames. Hee.

Booksat is a Plymoth Rock and is a jumpy girl. A little nervous and not so sure about the giant hand that comes down to pick her up (she’s also super fast for a little one).

Boca:

This is Boca. She is named Boca because she is naughty (Boca means “mouth” in spanish). We had to separate her on the 2nd day because she will NOT stop pulling on the other chick’s toes. Non stop. She just grabs toes and yanks them off their feet. She’s even drawn blood. I’ve tried a couple of recommended things (Blu Kote and Pick No More), she wont stop. Hopefully she just grows out of it.

Anywho…. She’s a Delaware and will look like this someday….

All my chicks and supplies were purchased at the Urban Farm Store in Portland. The owners of this store also wrote the book, A Chicken in Every Yard. WHICH I read and took a ton of notes. If you’re interested in getting your own little flock, I recommend this book. I think it would be helpful for the beginners (like me).

I’m very excited to start my little chicken family. VERY excited for eggs! Happy Wednesday!

– Chelsey

{Grown chicken photos via: Blue Cochin, Plymoth Rock, and Delaware}

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If you have a Wednesday post, please feel free to link it up below. And, feel free to link up to these blogs too… Parenting by DummiesProject AliciaJenni from the Blog, and Live and Love Outloud.




24 comments

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  • Ketti on said:

    How exciting!
    Part of the draw to the house we recently bought was that it has a great space for chickens. I've been dreaming of it for a while now but the task of building a coop makes me nervous!

    • The Paper Mama on said:

      I'm nervous about it too, but my uncle will be helping us. I'll let you know how it goes!

  • Emily B on said:

    We just got chicks for the first time as well and we're SO EXCITED! We have 2 red pullets and 4 speckled Sussex, so naturally we named them after the cast of Friends 🙂 Ours are also wary of any hands coming in to their space, but we started giving them grapes for treats hoping they'll be a little happier to see us. I'd love to hear from a fellow back-yard farmer!

  • Emily B on said:

    We just got chicks for the first time as well and we're SO EXCITED! We have 2 red pullets and 4 speckled Sussex, so naturally we named them after the cast of Friends 🙂 Ours are also wary of any hands coming in to their space, but we started giving them grapes for treats hoping they'll be a little happier to see us. I'd love to hear from a fellow back-yard farmer!

    Xo Emily from growingwildginger.com

    • The Paper Mama on said:

      Keep me updated with your chicken farming! I'm excited for eggs…. even though it's pretty far away. Ha!

  • Katherine on said:

    I came over from Project Alicia's link up. How fun is this! I too would love to have chickens some day. Enjoy them!

  • Beth on said:

    YAY! Oh, I want to come visit them! 😀
    We're still years away from our own little flock (gotta have our own place, first, and find what areas of King County allow chickens). Good to know about the rooster thing!
    We'll be following your chicken progress closely (and I'll be reading the book, soon. I hope.)

    • The Paper Mama on said:

      The book was so much help. PLUS: I've called the store a lot… asking for advice (since my Delaware chick is a bully) and they've been SO helpful.

  • Courtney on said:

    I am so jealous! I completely shocked the pants off my husband the other night when I told him I want chickens. I'm not much of an "outdoor girl" and I possess a distinctly brown thumb, but I'm totally getting on board the "grow your own food" movement and would love to be self sustaining. Starting with chickens!

    Hopefully, you can figure the whole chicken thing out first and then I can just use all of your advice and know how when 2 years from now I finally convince my man.

    • The Paper Mama on said:

      I will definitely share my experiences! My little Delaware chick has been SO much trouble. Can't wait to see what she's like as an adult.

  • jess on said:

    the delawarean in me approves. i'm from chicken country!

  • Nanette on said:

    Yay, chickens!

    And the owner of that Urban Farmer store? She was my nurse midwife in Portland because, of course she was! I was sad that we moved before she could deliver our kiddo. She's awesome. (Total tangent , I know.)

  • Franca on said:

    aaw they were cute as chicks! I love the ideas of having chickens, not something I'd ever considered before!

    • The Paper Mama on said:

      These chicks have been a lot of work (just because of the naughty chick), but I'm excited.

  • Kelly M on said:

    Love them! Lucky you. I can't even imagine how nice it would be to have eggs right in your own back yard. I've also wanted chickens for a very long time, but they aren't allowed in our city…..someone needs to get on the bandwagon….

    • The Paper Mama on said:

      Oh man! That would suck. Maybe you can push to change that? There's a big "grow your own food" movement going on. 🙂

  • Julie on said:

    So exciting!!! We've talked about chickens, but haven't gotten them. Yet 🙂
    And I love that cat shirt in the top picture!

  • The BabbyMama on said:

    So jealous! My town allows chickens, but they put so many regulations in place that a lot of people are shut out 🙁

    • The Paper Mama on said:

      Oh no! We are allowed 3 without a permit. Up to 12 with a permit. 🙂

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