Equal Opportunity Barnyard Supporters…

Since we missed "Thoughtful Thursday", instead you get Friday update on the chickens from my favorite teenager...

Since we missed “Thoughtful Thursday”, instead you get a Friday update on the chickens from my favorite teenager…

As you all know, the Burkholder Family gained five new members at the start of the summer. Ten weeks later, they are no longer tiny, fluffy balls that fit in the palm of my hand: the “ChickiDees” are formidable feathered friends.

"Sliding" down the ramp...

“Sliding” down the ramp…

Although they were reluctant at first, the Burkholder chickens spend the great majority of their day in the the fenced in run, aka “The Forest”. Their hobbies include playing Hide and Seek in the tall weeds, squawking over the food dish, and pecking the hand that feeds them.

Juliet has also expressed an interest in becoming dog food. (A few weeks ago she was almost eaten when Shellie grabbed her from the coop and ran around a bit. Apart from being completely traumatized for a few days, she was perfectly unharmed.)



Their favorite color is alfalfa dust green, as they have been known to eat the dust off the top of the food. They also enjoy cherries, and, to my disbelief, squash and other vegetables from the garden.


Our four barn cats showed quite a bit of interest in the coop during its building phase, and you will be pleased to know that the interest has not waned. The yellow cats especially, Simba and Little Bit, take great pleasure in spending their leisure sitting outside of the run. Simba also likes to climb on top of the run and peer down at his imagined entree. The chickens have eventually become desensitized to this behavior, and it is now a game to mock the cats.


All in all, I believe the chickens have transitioned into their place at Casa de Loca, and like all of our animals, have truly found The Good Life. They are rapidly growing on my own special diet of alafalfa dust, vegetable scraps, 5 Seconds of Summer music, and The Fault in Our Stars quotes.  The last ones definitely have the greatest effect……

Author Extraordinaire: Ashley Grace


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9 responses to “Equal Opportunity Barnyard Supporters…

  1. Katheryn

    What a fun post!

  2. They are getting so big I miss those days of littler chicks. They look great 🙂 Our chickens eat all fruit and veggies just watch potato skins (boil them first) and their favorite summer treat is watermelon and cantaloupe rinds (eat what you want off of them and then give them to the chicks). Its a great busy treat 😉 Glad you all are enjoying them 🙂

    • She is having a lot of fun with them, Kim. I enjoy watching it — AG is particularly enthusiastic about feeding my vegetables to the chickens…I think that she gets tired of eating them herself this time of year 🙂

      I hope that you had a great weekend.

      • I am so happy to hear she is enjoying her new venture and you will enjoy it more when they start giving you fresh eggs daily 😉
        We had a busy weekend and got some rain tonight which was good for the garden 🙂
        Hope your weekend went well also 🙂

  3. Dustin Favinger

    I love it AGs keep the prose coming!

    • Thanks for the support, Coach. Please continue to encourage her — it’s good for her to hear it from someone other than me 🙂

      It took quite a bit of “prodding” to get her started, but once she got going I think she secretly enjoyed it…


  4. We nailed little pieces of wood about every 6 or 8 inches apart on the slide out of the hutch. That gives the hens little steps and makes it easier to come out and go in. You can just use some left over pieces that you might have around the place.

    • Good advice, Ellie! We have thought of doing exactly the same thing. The chickens fly enough now that they just fly back up into the coop, but they seem to still “skate” their way down out of it. I have to admit that I think that it is funny to watch them go “down the slide”…:)

      Good to hear from you,

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