Our newest additions to the Half-Acre Homestead have arrived. We picked up three Auracana chicks from one of our friends yesterday who made a big order and wanted to share in the fun. Auracanas are the “Easter Egg” chickens that lay green and blue eggs. We’ve kicked around the idea for a year or two, just wanting to start out with a couple hens to provide us some eggs. Our decision was pushed last year when we had a terrible problem trying to combat the swarms of squash bugs that devastated our zucchini and summer squash plants, leaving us little to enjoy.
Unfortunately we lost one little girl late this afternoon. It seems the long journey was just too much for her. She was sluggish on arrival but some sugar water helped perk her up. Her activity improved along with her eating and drinking but late this afternoon she just quit moving around and wouldn’t get back up again. We were really excited about her because she had different coloring from the other two girls and it looked like she was going to be a standout.
Our other two girls seem to be doing just fine. We’ve been getting a kick out of their little antics, spontaneously falling asleep and waking up. They love to cuddle too. They’ll roost in the home office for a few weeks until the weather is nice enough for them to transition out full time. Now it’s time to build them a little garden hen house.
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