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OUR BACKYARD FARM
We Got Chickens!!!

Apr 6, 2016

backyard farm, durham zoo, baby chickens

You guys, we did something a little crazy a couple of weeks ago …

We got chickens!!

Something we have always talked about doing is getting chickens – it’s been something we’ve always had in the back of our minds for the last few years. To be quite honest, we weren’t sure it was something that was ever really going to happen, because we moved so much early in our marriage and we have dogs and kids.

Then we went to the local farm store, and they had baby chickens.

And we bought 10 golden sexlink chicks, kind of on a planned whim.

Ash had every intention on taking “big camera” photos but it’s been almost two weeks since we brought them home and today is the first chance we’ve had to take pictures (which are at the bottom of this blog) … so here’s a cell phone photo from the day we brought them home.

In this photo, they’re only four days old. Everyone all together now: “Awwwww!”

baby chickens golden sexlinks

Yes, we’re aware of just how crazy this all sounds, because, well … it is kind of crazy.

We didn’t even have the plans for the chicken coop drawn out yet, let alone an actual place for chickens built. We are renovating our house (#DurhamHouseReno), rebuilding our kitchen and adding two new bedrooms, we had an electrician in our house all last week wiring over a dozen new light fixtures and stuff … Seriously though, what the hell were we thinking?!

golden sexlink chickens, backyard farm

Yesterday, Randy started construction on the chicken coop, and of course that’s been crazy. His poor ‘Honey-Do’ list just keeps growing and growing! But you can see from this cell phone shot yesterday, they’ve almost doubled in size in the last two weeks … so this weekend (and next) we’ll be finishing our fence (see it behind Randy??) and the chicken coop, before our summer wedding season starts up at the end of April!

It’s actually been kind of a neat experience so far; granted, the chickens are still babies and are currently living in our garage in a large tote tub. The kids are absolutely loving the chickens though, especially Sierra. She makes sure they have water and food every morning, and she loves to hold them and talk to them. She’s named them all, except, we can’t tell the differences in them quite yet so for now Ashley just calls them all “Goldie Hawn.”

backyard farm

In between the busy-ness of today (grocery shopping, and both of our girls are receiving awards at school today!), Ash snapped a couple photos of the chickens, which are 17 days old. They’ve definitely doubled in size since we brought them home, and, we tip our hats to animal photographers: chickens are NOT easy to photograph! Haha!

They’re just starting to get their real feathers in, which is cool to watch every day. Another thing we weren’t expecting was how different their personalities are!! Some of them LOVE to be held (and some do not!), some will talk to you when you talk to them – some nestle into your hands when you hold them, and some will even eat right out of your hands if you hold still for them.

backyard farm, durham zoo, baby chickens, we got chickens

Anyway! Once the coop is finished, we’ll share photos of it! 🙂 It’s looking pretty awesome so far!!

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  1. Candi

    April 6th, 2016 at 11:10 am

    Oh! Fun!!! We have had several over the years but now that we are within the city limits we can’t!

  2. Mahlia

    April 6th, 2016 at 8:14 pm

    Oh my goodness! These little chick’s are so incredibly adorable! Take lots of photos before they grow up big! 🙂

  3. Misty

    April 6th, 2016 at 8:47 pm

    You’re so brave!!! I’ve always thought it would be fun to have chickens, but i hate birds…ha! I love the name your daughter came up with for them though! It’s perfect!! 😀

  4. Sara O'Hara

    April 7th, 2016 at 11:55 am

    This is so cool!! And they’re so cute!!!

  5. Leslie Ann

    April 15th, 2016 at 7:25 am

    So fun!! We always had chickens growing up… don’t get roosters! lol
    And it’s SO nice to have a handy guy around all the time!

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