We have 11 Rhode Island Red laying hens we are sharing with our neighbors. We have a chicken coop and a chicken run to try to keep them safe from the foxes and racoons that hang about. Usually in the past when it gets dark at night the chickens put themselves to bed. They would go into the hen house and roost in the boxes with straw. These chickens haven't really caught onto that concept. They huddle and sleep right in front of the coop door and we have to herd them into the coop and lock them up at night. Chickens are not very smart in general but sadly this group seems to even be not smart enough to do that one little thing.
It is hard to see in this picture but there are bees inside this little slit in the hive. A friend of ours is teaching us about beekeeping and has a hive in our back yard. Next year we hope to have our own hive after "we" (read Mr. Hive) learns how to care for them and extract the honey. There are two hives here or two boxes/bee houses. Hives aren't as pretty as they used to be but are more practical I guess. We have just under 1 1/2 acres where we live and we have a little tiny farm with an orchard and big garden in our back yard. And so the bees and chickens add to the farm aspect at our house/hive. I still consider myself a city girl so all this is a bit of a stretch for me. I do love the fresh eggs and I'm sure we'll enjoy the honey in the fall.