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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

City Hens and Fresh Eggs

My friend has got new hens and already is giving away eggs.




I went around to visit and see just how city hens live.



They are called Peggy and Sally and are happy, healthy hens enjoying their garden home and movable hen house.








During the day they can wander in and out of their cozy home but the door is closed at night for their security.




Here is their night nesting perch and straw filled nesting box where they each leave an egg each morning.


Below is my friend showing me how she scoops up the chicken poop and collects it in a plastic bag.

She then puts it in a bucket with water and uses the liquid to water her plants.






The hens Peggy and Sally have also made friends with my friend's dog Coco.


Here Coco joins one of the hens inside the cage, where you can see the water and food feeders.

Coco has the advantage of being allowed inside the main house but friendship can still continue through the screen door.





23 comments:

Judith said...

how wonderful and rewarding. Judith

Lisa B. said...

They look so happy! I miss my hens.

cherry said...

Too cute !
Happy outdoor Wednesday!
hugs from Savannah, Cherry

Curbstone Valley Farm said...

I love that the hens don't seem to mind Coco paying visit. We have one dog that's good with the chickens, the other dog though wants to hunt them, so she's not allowed near them! Love the portable coop!

Donnie said...

Those were great photos. I'm glad I got to see them. Happy Outdoor Wednesday.

Sparta Savings said...

I love that cage! We have been wanting to do this, but we are not sure about the winters in WI.

marguerite abbott said...

Great to see my lovely new pets in a blog. They are surprisingly so sociable and a joy to see wondering around my garden. To be given an egg each a day is a bonus. I encourage it.

Gail @ Faithfulness Farm said...

We are small town and love our backyard poultry. We call our hen house The Crackleberry Patch :)

Blessings!
Gail

Rambling Woods said...

I love the idea of keeping chickens. There are some people in Buffalo who are doing this but the zoning had to be changed to allow them to do it. It wouldn't be allowed where we are....Michelle

Jacqueline said...

Our neighbors just started this summer with 6 (all that zoning allows) and I was surprised how cute and how social they are. Happy Foodie Friday.

Pattie T. said...

How cool! Chickens just fascinate me.

Dragonfly Treasure said...

She is so lucky to be able to have chickens in the city!! Wish we could
*hugs*deb

Gardening in a Sandbox said...

Isn't that the coolest chicken pen. I often think it would be great to have a couple of chickens for eggs in our yard but the bylaw says a big no to that.

Karen said...

The portable coop is wonderful, I really should build one like it. We have seven little hens here and they are the most fun to have and provide enough eggs to keep us happy. During the day they free-range and at night head home to their coop. Always fun to watch, too. Your post made me smile, thank you!

Gypsy Rose said...

We got our first chickens 10 yrs ago as a 4H project for the kids. I've been hooked since. Unfortunately where we live now- no poultry. Loved reading about yours.

AllieMakes! said...

That is very cool! When I was in college, I had a roomie whose aunt lived close and had chickens and we had fresh eggs whenever we needed them. I was skepticalat first! Especially when she handed them to me the first time and they were warm -as in just layed, hahah! They were the best! I think about how awesome they were every time I go to buy eggs.
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Arija said...

Seems to be a good solid cage. I could use one of those with the marauding foxes we have around.

ButterYum said...

I've always secretly wanted chickens. If only they could take care of themselves.

:)
ButterYum

ceodraiocht said...

That looks great - my neighbor keeps chickens (I'm in the country) and is always sharing her eggs. Fresh eggs are SO Much better! Thanks for posting.
Maggie
http://ceodraiocht.wordpress.com

Cheryl said...

Use a tree branch for a perch. The squared edges of a two by four or similar board hurts their feet and can give them arthritis like problems.
Love this site!
Cheryl

Jami said...

I'm jealous- love the idea of chickens in the garden!

-Jami
An Oregon Cottage

jo©o said...

Hiya Greenearth lady,

I love your clear informative photos and the content of your posts is so uplifting. Youa re showing us that things really CAN change for the better.

The line that sticks in my mind from my guru Jane Dunlap, a.k.a. Adele Davis, is:
"Which apricot, grown where?"
Implying that not all soils are the same.
So glad you have such a good chance of upgrading your soil quality. I wonder if this rock dust you mention will also provide iodine, which is often completely absent from soils.
Great blog. Glad I found you.

connieemeraldeyes said...

I loved reading this post. I wish I had some chickens. My sister in law has some. She also has 2 lamas. I live in an apartment so none for me.