Do you remember the guinea house that became a green house after all the guineas got eaten by coyotes?
I swore 'never again'. But guess what....it has now become a chicken house. I am shaking my head just looking at this picture.
Really, its all Farm Buddy's fault. We have friends who have a small farm and they are going to be moving. They have spent several years building a lovely flock of free-ranging, organic egg layers and when FB heard they were going to disperse the flock she decided I really should have some laying hens and promptly volunteered me.
The difference between guinea hens and chickens is that the guineas truly were freaky and resisted all attempts to protect them. Chickens, especially chickens who have been raised to be quite friendly and tame, are more willing to come home to roost every day where they can be locked up for their own safely. The plan is to only let them out during the day while I am home and make sure they are tucked away each night before I leave for work. These hens are very calm and settled into their new home within minutes.
I swore wouldn't have any more coyote bait, but here we are. Here they are, God help them.
The two buff colored hens are Red Stars, the speckled ones are Silver Laced Wyandottes, the black one is a Black Australorp and the little bit of white fluff you can just barley see beside her is her chick whose parentage is anybody's guess.
Don't. Get. Attached.