I’m going to put the previous three pics (+ some others) into this post as I still haven’t figured out what I’m doing with the pic plugin for WP.

8.16.04 – Reins. (The green egg layer.) She’s quite a bit bigger now but this pic shows her patterning nicely! She has a beard and her underside is a silvery black. (In fthe very background, you can see a bit of our Golden Laced…the one that got away and never came back. 😦 )

11.27.04 – The coop that wasn’t working… I imagine that it was like living in a half closet on stilts. πŸ˜‰

11.27.04 – Last Dust Bath of the year! They were in heaven! πŸ˜€

11.27.04 – Black Beauty. (Black Jersey Giant) She is a beauty we think!

12.19.04 – Lacey laying in the wheelbarrow!

Literally! While dh was building the “platform” that their wire sits on now and was cleaning up the nasty garage floor (they had learned to push the wire around and get to different areas of the garage), Lacey decided she couldn’t wait to lay her egg. So, she hopped into the wheelbarrow (filled with snow(!) and old straw) and made herself comfortable. πŸ˜‰

12.28.04 – How they are housed now…

Wooden platform with low wooden sides (so they won’t push the wire around the garage and to contain the straw “mess”) with a wire cage (chicken wire bent in a rectangle and topped with wire) on top. The pet carrier is “attatched” sits on the platform as well with an opening left in the wooden side and chicken wire to insert it. It functions as their nesting box and is “attached” to the chicken wire sides with a twisted paperclip on one side to keep the silly birds from pushing it away and escaping. (Not so silly huh?! πŸ˜‰ ) It isn’t attached on the other side but is “wedged” into the opening of the chicken wire which so far (with the paperclipped side) has kept it in place but I am still able to quickly “swing” the carrier back to grab eggs before they all try to run out! LOL

That’s it…for now. I’m going to try to get closer shots of the other “ladies” also. πŸ™‚