I was on my way home Wednesday night when I got a call on my cell phone from the local Agway store. My two pullet hens have arrived 2 1/2 weeks early, and could I pick them up today? I pleaded for more time and agreed to get them at 8:00AM on Thursday.
So, after getting over the shock of feeling like NOTHING was ready, I shared the news with Bob and got up extra early the next day.
I had no idea "how big" these girls were going to be, or if they'd be under stress from transport, so I put a vitamin supplement into the water, put out some food in the long feeder tray and some "poultry grit" into a dog bowl.
Next, I got two "cat carriers" out of the basement so I could bring them home, and away I went to Agway.
Yup, glad I brought TWO carriers, they were bigger than I thought they might be! I picked up another few things that I thought I might need and we headed home.
The first thing they did was climb onto the red feeder tray and dumped out all the food! OK, not a good choice of container, put in another dog dish! They ate and drank so I was glad I had things on hand.
AND HE DID!!
NOW I understand why I wanted that coop ready! I cleaned up the mess, put the hens back into the cage and went to work for the day, knowing that I wouldn't be able to do anything to get the coop ready until at least Saturday afternoon or late Sunday!
So, my two little Rhode Island Reds are of laying age and should provide me with two eggs every day or two from now on!
Life is a beautiful thing! Especially if I can keep Laddy off the back porch until the girls get moved into their chicken coop.
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- Last year, I bought a chicken coop that was made by someone that I love dearly and decided to raise some chickens. Well... we'll see how this quest develops as Spring fades into Summer and the chicks arrive in early June! Check out my YouTube channel www.youtube.com/fbideas for the most recent videos I've posted!