Chickens

2010: A Year in Review

This was our first year with chickens.  I feel like we have had them for ages.  I really could not imagine my life without them.  They truly have become part of the family.  Our learning curve has been huge with our feathered friends.

They arrived in a little peeping box; six little day old chicks.  They were barely a couple of ounces and I could easily see how one could crush them without trying from the grasp of their hand.  I was their mother.  I had to teach them everything.  I taught them how to eat and drink.  They instinctually understood the rest.  Their growth has been amazing.  From day one to six weeks, they grew from baby chicks to fully feathered mini-chickens.

We have survived illnesses, trips to the chicken doctor, broodiness, flock integration.  We have learned about chicken psychology, coop construction, predator proofing and the many joys that chickens can bring into the lives of others.  We’ve learned alot about raising backyard chickens.  Through trial and error, we have gained some experiences that we feel we can now share with others.  We might even inspire some people to get backyard chickens themselves.

Here are five of my personal favorite blogs from this year:

#1  And Then There Were Five
      http://tillysnest.com/and-then-there-were-5/

#2  A Surprise Visit from Peanut; Well Sort of
      http://tillysnest.com/surprise-visit-from-peanut-well-sort-of/

#3  We’ll Come Running
      http://tillysnest.com/well-come-running/

#4  Are You My Momma?
      http://tillysnest.com/are-you-my-momma/

#5  Our First Big Egg
      http://tillysnest.com/our-first-big-egg/

I would also like to thank all of our visitors for stopping by Tilly’s Nest this year.  Since I started this blog in October, visitors have come from the United States, Germany, Russia, Netherlands, Belize, United Kingdom, Slovenia, Denmark, Croatia, Australia, India, Canada, Italy, Ukraine, Israel and United Arab Emirates.  We wish you a wonderful New Year in 2011.  Who knows, you might even have some chickens in your future!