Our 25 chickens are ALL still with us!! I say that because we are kind of shocked it has gone so well this long. I probably should knock on wood because you know how these things go. A predator will get in and eat them all tonight because I'm bragging about them. Now I've just freaked myself out a little....
Anyway, they have been doing amazing and have actually starting laying eggs in the past few weeks. We got 14 today!! We are going to start selling the eggs out of the farm room possibly as early as this weekend during CSA pick ups. It will start slow, but soon we'll have a pretty good amount of eggs. Each chicken should lay about an egg a day. That's 25 eggs x 7 days a week = about 14 dozen eggs a week. Not bad!
Kade has taking an interest to the chickens and checks on them regularly when he's outside watering, playing, etc. A few times he has found that they are out of the chicken yard and has taken it upon himself to catch them and put them back in. As a side note, the fence is electrified, so it's not as easy as it seems. He's gotten pretty good at herding chickens and tossing them over the fence. He's had a few misshaps, but nothing major, and they were actually pretty comical from a parent's standpoint (and grandparent's, too, as he retold the stories to my mom). After several of these chicken chasing escapades, we decided to clip their wings (actually, only one wing on each chicken). We haven't had a chicken out of the yard since, so things have been much more peaceful for Kade.
Dylan also seems ot have an interesting relationship with the chickens. We have really tried to tame them, and I feel like we've done a great job. We have always taken the extra time to handle them, since they were tiny. They really like Dylan, especially. He can sit or kneel down in the chicken yard and they all come and gather around him like he's the mother hen (or rooster, maybe??) and some even climb up on his shoulders and head. It's actually pretty funny to watch, but the chickens love it, and Dylan seems to enjoy it too.
Dylan and Harmony, whichever of us have the time to sit down and write for a few minutes. : )