Just a post to share a link.... and tell a story...
If you visit some of my older posts and as my SP friends know... I love cats. Well, I love animals....
I moved to the country when I moved in with Andy (my fiance). I brought my cats and a couple others left behind by a neighbor with me. I've always kept my kitties inside but now they have to stay outside. Unfortunately, they are gone as well as a few others since moving to the country. One was by natural causes the others....well....I don't know. I can only assume and (with a since of humor) I joke that they all became coyote food. I have been without cats for a while now....
Last spring I went to a class at my local nursery on raising chickens. I got the bug to get them. I've meticulously been planning, reading, studying, picking breeds, etc. I want to keep them as safe as possible so I decided to build a very secure "run" and coop. Since I don't have a lot of extra money to spend I've used a lot of materials from work (free pallets and plywood), free paint from the City of Austin recycling program, metal for the sides and roof from craigslist and some other materials I've had to purchase (some with gift cards as gifts). I ordered my chicks a few weeks ago and they will hatch on the 6th of March. I'll drive out to Cameron (about 2 hours each way) to pick them up. Much more exciting than waiting for a box at the post office). I'm taking a day off to go get them.
When the chicks first arrive they will live in the sunroom under a heat lamp for a few weeks before moving in to their new home. I'm a picture taker so I've been taking lots of pictures. I also love to share my pictures so I'm keeping an ongoing gallery on Flickr. I've been adding pictures every weekend of my progress and have put comments on most.
So here's a link to them....
(When I get the chicks I'll start a new flickr for them.)
So, in my research, I saw a lot of pictures of cats with chickens and stories of how they get along, so I asked around and numerous people have told me that very often they get along just fine. Just like cats and dogs some do well some don't. When you "hand raise" them as pets they are all pretty mellow! So I'm going to get a couple kittens shortly after I get the chicks and have them all grow up together safe and sound in their predator free zone.
I saw something somewhere recently about the Spice Girls. That's where my inspiration came from for naming them. Chicken people often call their chickens their "girls" since usually you have all (or mostly) hens. So I got the crazy idea of naming mine with names for spices so I can call them my Spice Girls! hee hee hee There will be 9 chicks. Seven different breeds. Three of them will be Americana's (they lay blue and or green eggs - some times other tinted colors). One Sicilian Buttercup (she'll lay white eggs) and one each of the rest (these will lay brown eggs)... Black Australorp, Silver Laced Wyandotte, Buckeye, New Hampshire Red and Buff Orpington. Here are the names I've picked out for them.... Star Anise, Caraway, Saffron, Cilantro, Paprika, Chervil, Fennel, Cayenne, and Poppy.
After I get the kittens, I'll pick a couple more spicy names for them.
So excited..... Said with a big grin on my face!!!!