We have chickens! Three Isa Browns. I had my heart set on getting Araucanas and/or Marans so that I could have blue and chocolate brown eggs but in the end the price was prohibitive (Marans close to point of lay are about $100 each). I decided that it was much more practical to start out with something cheap and productive while I learn the ropes!
So far I have to say that things haven't gone entirely smoothly!! Within the first hour they had broken the ramp to the nesting box, tipped over their fancy new water dish three times and pulled out one of their perches. Of course when I attempted to fix the ramp a chicken escaped. I fairly promptly lured it back to the coop with pita bread and patted myself on the back for my superior chicken herding skills.
However now this particular chicken, who for the purpose of this story we will call Betty, has had a taste of freedom she makes a dash for the door every time I open it. By dusk the chickens had once again knocked over the ramp and were therefore unable to get into the roosting box for the night (although I must say I am a little suspicious that perhaps they merely knocked it over as part of an elaborate escape plan). I opened the door to fix the ramp (again) and Betty got out and rushed across into the cow paddock. This time she was nowhere near as easy to recapture. In the end I put on my gardening gloves, picked up the other two ladies (Anastasia and Chocolate Brownie), shoved them in the roosting box and locked the door. I then ineffectually chased Betty around for what seemed an eternity and eventually she went back to the coop of her own accord just to show me who was boss. Clearly I am going to have to work on my chicken handling skills if this relationship is going to work!
In other non chicken related news, we celebrated my niece's third birthday today. I made her a three layer chocolate cake with subtle pink ombre marshmallow icing and edible gold stars sprinkled on top. She asked for a 'dinosaur cake' but since I'm not a huge fan of shape cakes I just put a little triceratops on the cake plate. Minty even made it a tiny party hat so it would be more festive!