Nick and I had talked about adding chickens to our homestead from day one. I ordered our chicks from Hoover's Hatchery just after the new year, with a delivery date of March 18th. That meant getting a brooder set up and making a plan to either purchase or build a chicken coop. After shopping around for premade coops and kits, we just weren't finding anything that would hold enough chickens and be sturdy and long lasting, or they were just exorbitantly priced for the size.
3 days ago the (human) kids and I brought home two beautiful little babies. They are both Nigerian Dwarf doelings with blue eyes. They're so tiny! The older and larger one is named Danuwa (duh-new-wah), which means "close friend". The little one is Folasade (click for pronunciation), which means crowned with wealth/honor. I really wanted them to have Nigerian Yoruba names to reflect where their ancestors came from. It was not easy to find mini does, so I'm glad I found Nev