Backyard Chickens

Backyard Chickens Update

Backyard Chickens Update

I realized today that its been awhile since I’ve posted an update on our backyard chickens. Well, I know there are several people that find the story I am about to tell you very funny, but it is both infuriating and heartbreaking to me. The little chicks that we raised in our bathtub were doing fantastic. We were handling them several times a day to ensure they would be friendly, we named them after our favorite baseball players, and everything seemed to be going well. Our little chickies were growing so fast! When we moved them outside to their coop they didn’t miss a beat. They went upstairs to roost each night, still came to say hello when we fed them… it was great.… Read Full Post
Bringing Home New Chicks

Bringing Home New Chicks

Our new chicks are here!  I am happy to announce that we brought home our four new chicks and all are doing well and are getting their start in our bathtub– much to our pug’s delight! We were lucky enough to find a breeder that has many different breeds hatching at the same time so that we can have a variety.  Yes, this is not the method a true farmer would follow, but I want to be able to tell them apart and call them by name. Bringing home new chicks is SUPER exciting. The peeping from the box in my lap on our drive home was almost more than I could take! We were able to get four chicks:  one Black Copper Maran, one Ameraucana, one Buff Orpington, and one Barred Rock.… Read Full Post
Preparing for Baby Chicks

Preparing for Baby Chicks

I have to be honest.  I meant to get to this last week, but then I got so excited about getting our new chicks that I didn’t take the time to get this post written!  Our new baby chickens have arrived and all are doing great. This piece will guide you on the steps that we took preparing for baby chicks and some of the tricks we’ve learned. Our goal was to create a brooder in our house for our young chicks. Brooder is the technical term for a device or structure for the rearing of young chickens or other birds. The most important factor is keeping the young chicks warm and safe. It is recommended that newly hatched chicks are kept at 95 degrees and then the temperature can be decreased by 5 degrees every week thereafter.… Read Full Post
Our Inexpensive Chicken Coop

Our Inexpensive Chicken Coop

One of the most frequent questions that I get about our backyard chickens is about our inexpensive chicken coop. Now neither Mike or I are extremely talented or handy when it comes to carpentry skills so when we decided to get our chickens we knew we would need to buy a coop. After some time spent searching the world wide web I came across this Boomer & George Deluxe Chicken Coop at hayneedle.com.  I felt pretty lucky to be shopping on a day that they were offering free shipping and ended up paying less than $270 for the whole thing. Boomer & George Deluxe Chicken Coop Now that might seem like a lot to a carpenter, but there is no way I could even attempt to build this for that price (I would have to buy tools, lumber, and probably some wine too).  … Read Full Post

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