Sunday, 29 March 2015

New residents in Chicken Palace

We have been ready for our chickens for ages, but had to have the accommodation and water set up  for them first.
Hubby and our wonderful friend from the coast had built Chicken Palace late last year and then about a month ago Hubby added the extra roof over the coop as  more  protection from the heat and  weather both for the chooks and the coop itself.
Hubby  also added one of those 1000 litre  water cubes and  added a gutter to the roof of the  cover to harvest any rainwater that we may eventually be lucky enough to  have.
We also ordered online  a handy little set of drinkers for the chooks inside the coop and   we recycled an old pig trough to add  another water source outside the coop but still within the  fenced larger 17 mtr x 12 mtr yard.
We started looking for our chooks, but as hubby had his heart set on the  light Sussex breed, we just couldn't find any for a while, but we then stumbled across an add on Gumtree and we traveled to Tamworth to a lovely couple   called Wendy and Brian who sold us 6 nice young hens and a young rooster.
They are beautiful  chooks and they settled into Chicken Palace very quickly.
We kept them in the larger yard for a few days before opening the gate to let them free range, they  now run all over the place, one day when I left my back screen door open I even found four of them comfortably sitting on the floor  in my  preserving pantry.
We are so in love with our chooks,  so we decided we needed  turkeys as well, hubby's family had raised turkeys as he was growing up but I had never had them before.
We went to a poultry  auction at Balimore about an hour or so from our place, and were lucky enough to purchase 8 turkeys ,1  young gobbler, two  young hens, and then 5 smaller hens.
We kept them all in for a day or so and then let them all run free, just locking them up at night.
We were then  unfortunately, invaded by a plague of grasshoppers, they came through like a moving carpet of grass munches, leaving  total lawn and paddock destruction in their wake. Our car  was constantly covered in grasshopper guts....we never seemed  to stop scrubbing it off the front for a few weeks .

The turkeys  thought all their  christmas's had come at once ...... Thank goodness the grasshoppers have now finally moved on.
Even the Old Blue Girl thinks they are really special, she wanders around behind them  and they don't seem to worry each other at all.
Every morning we let them all out early and they walk the perimeter of our house yard  searching out anything that moves,   I  reckon that no  creepy crawly will be safe  anywhere near our place anymore' which suits me just fine !!!
We have been really badly in need of rain, and the other day the clouds built up  with the promise of a storm and shortly afterwards down it came. We had 8.5 mm, not much but welcome all the same.

The turkeys were down near the shed  and got caught in the storm, I thought they were so funny when I looked out and saw them standing  as tall as they could, all of them up against the  walls trying to keep dry.

Hubby has been trying hard to keep  the sprinkler moving around the lawn, trying to revive  some grass  where the grasshoppers  ate everything, and every time the turkeys see it   they rush in to play in the water.
we are so happy with our chicken and turkey flocks, they seem to interact really well and hopefully down the track they will provide us with many, eggs and  meals of chicken and turkey.
We do love them dearly, but we are realists, they are here for a purpose but we will endeavour to give them the best life they can  possibly have , both for their health and ours.
Take care until we meet again,
all the best,


  1. I enjoyed reading your post! We are newbies to chooks and when we moved to a country town we checked out Gumtree and found a dozen fertilized eggs of Light Sussex and Speckled Sussex. Hubby ordered an egg incubator and he kept it in the bedroom. We have hatched 4 lights and 2 speckled and made a pen for them and eventually hubby handmade a coop. It was heartbreaking to give the 2 roosters away. We love our girls they are so pretty although hubby finds their broodiness frustrating !

    1. Hi Meg, thanks. We too have a new egg incubator, but so far unused.
      The Sussex and the Specked Sussex are so beautiful, ours haven't begun to lay yet, nor has the rooster started crowing, we are just waiting patiently for the day. Good luck with yours and thanks for calling by,

  2. That is a great chicken set up. Hope they are enjoying it! I have about 30 chooks at the moment and am getting a whole one egg a day! Winter cold is setting in for sure.

    1. Hi Jayne,
      Thanks for popping by, our chooks and turkeys are loving their new home, but as the turkeys are getting bigger we may have to seperate them from the chooks. We supposedly bought our chooks at point of lay(we knew they were younger than that, but wanted them anyway), but now we have had them 3 full months and still haven't had a single egg. They must be ready to lay any day now, they are huge and are starting to really cluck around. The rooster has been crowing for about 2 weeks.
      Good luck with your girls.
      Take care,