We are down to 2, Thing 1 succumbed to what I think was self-inflicted pecking on her back. She was queen of the roost, and the other 2 wouldn't cross her, so I don't think they did it (at least not the initial wounds). It was weird. She was fine at 8am when I let them out, and at 1pm when I went to clean the coop she was dead.
I had Isaak go get Kevin (yea...didn't need him seeing the dead chicken) and Kevin brought me a garbage bag. I unceremoniously pulled her out by her feet and dropped her in the bag. She was then crudely thrown over the locked gate before being dumped in the garbage. I thought about putting her in the yard debris/kitchen compost (she is food after all) but decided that she would start to stink before garbage day.
So, we now have 2 full grown chickens, who seem to lay eggs only when they please. We have added a timer controlled light to try to extend their "day light" hours and encourage more eggs.
With the loss of Thing 1, I decided that in the spring I would get 2 chicks to expand the flock and egg supply (learning from last time and get 2 different breeds so I can tell them apart in addition to getting them only a couple of weeks old so that they can be friendly and not so dang standoffish).
For some reason I thought I would have to wait until the spring to get chicks...turns out that is not the case. I picked up these two little ladies today from the Urban Farm Store.
They don't have names yet, the yellow one is a Salmon Faverole and will lay pink eggs and the more brown one is an Ameracauna and will lay blue/green eggs. Not only will we have our own home grown Easter eggs but we will be able to tell who is laying and who isn't!
Here are what they should look like once full grown:
For now the Yet To Be Named and are living in a 2x2x4 tote in the laundry room under a heat lamp. Maggie is very curious, going so far as to lick one as I held her down to let Maggie smell her.
I am leaning towards Frenchie (the Salmon Faverole is a French breed) and Chi Chi (Katie's name for both of them). Isaak wanted to name them both Thing 1 and Thing 2, again.