We expanded our family the other day by adding three hens to the pack. Now we officially have 1 crazy dog, 6 fish (this keeps changing due to our fish elimination rounds) & three little chicks. These chicks are one day going to be our breakfast making hens. "Rose" the first light colored chick is a Rhode Island Red, she so far is the most docile, as she likes to be held. "Blanch" right next to Rose is a Plymouth Rock and the chick in back is "Dorothy" she is a Gold Laced Wyandotte. All three breeds are suppose to be good for backyard coops, as they are all good egg layers as well as docile birds.
We are looking forward to their eggs, however that will not be for another 5 months. In the meantime we can use their droppings as manure for our garden. Poultry manure (chicken in particular) is the richest animal manure in N-P-K. (nitrogen (N), phosphoric acid (P) and potash (K) ) Chicken manure is considered “hot” and must be composted before adding it to the garden. Otherwise, it will burn any plants it comes in contact with. We will also let them range free around are garden to help out with the insects and slugs. We will start building their chicken coop in our back yard here in the next couple of weeks as they will be ready to move into it in about 4-5 weeks.