Here is our Chicken Coop. I designed it myself and built it with my brother and his friends. I've been really trying to learn how to do more woodworking so it was important to me to learn how to do it myself. We used some recycled pieces to keep cost down- boards found in the garage and on Craigslist, latches recycled from an old fence.
Sometimes I enjoy sharing some of the other parts of my life, like the tiny farm in my backyard. These three-week old cuties are blue Silkie Chicks.
Silkie Chickens are one of the oldest of the rare breeds of poultry. It is said that Marco Polo wrote about seeing Silkies in the Orient in 1200 A.D. during his travels. They are a mini-chicken, or "bantam" and they are one of the most docile and sweet tempered of all the chicken breeds. In fact they are so sweet-natured, they will take care of eggs and chicks from different breeds.
Their feathers are missing the barbules that hold them into the traditional rigid feather so their feathers appear to look like hair. They also have black skin, black bones, feathers on their five toes, and light turquoise almost iridescent looking earlobes. They come in several interesting colors; white, black, splash, blue, lavender, red, gray, partridge, and buff. My little chicks here are blue... I also have splash and lavenders.
There is a rouge band of Wild Turkeys that likes to hang out in my yard every so often. There are around 20-25 of them and every time I speak of their existence, people accuse me of being on one of my famous Acid Trips. Well you jerks...I finally have some photographic proof taken this morning.
By doing a google search I learned that Wild Turkeys are allover Wisconsin after being re-introduced here in 1976. The WI DNR made a trade with the state of Missouri...their fantabulously amazing Turkeys for our ruffled grousse. And alas, THAT is the reason Elana now has Turkey poo allover her driveway.