This weekend past, we welcomed some new members to our household. My wife and I were planning to get some chickens for a while, just took the time sourcing the right breed for us. We settled on Australorp's and the searching began. Purebred Australorp chooks are expensive ($40 for a pullet here) and most people keep for show. The local "Chook man" recommend I go for an Australorp cross instead and even found me a source. So I ordered 3 pullets that would be ready on the 14th of June @ 14 weeks old. I'm fairly certain the breeder said they were crossed with a Rhode Island Red. Then on Saturday night, I saw advertised some point-of-lay Sussex pullets. Did some research on the breed and decided to grab 2 of those too. This was in expectation of the younger pullets not coming onto lay for a few more months at least. So, from having a few weeks to prepare the old dog pen down the back and repurpose it into a coop, we had to do it Sunday morning after picking the chooks up from the markets. Turned an old cube shelf into nesting boxes. Used a kiddy pool from bunnings as a dust bath. Thankfully we'd already ordered the treadle feeder and it has arrived Saturday so the training on that has started. As for the title? (Mod edited) My wife hates birds. Like REALLY hates birds. So these little mothercluckers were to be my responsibility. They were to be livestock and not pets, no names. So, introducing Henrietta and Stumpy After spending less than 10 minutes with them, they were named and suddenly her fear of some birds have diminished. She won't pick them up yet, but will happily pat them and go in the coop herself. Anyway, we certainly weren't expecting an egg in the first few weeks, but lo and behold on Monday Henrietta popped one out. Taking this egg on the first full day as a sign they've settled in nicely. Little 42g beauty, followed up by another 44 grammer today. The yolk was deliciously golden The dust bath has been a big hit. I'm just using sandy loam from the landscaping joint atm. For now, their diet consists of Coprice Lucky Layer (made in Leeton, where we are from) and kitchen scraps (veggies only). Using dried and crushed egg shells supplemented with medium shell grit for calcium and digestion. Also getting some warm porridge to help warm them up of a morning. Will upload some more pics as I take them, especially the new arrivals on the 14th. I will be using this thread as like a blog thing. Might do a weekly egg tally.