My husband has a new nickname for me. I am the crazy chicken lady. Why? You may ask. Well, my flock keeps growing.
Last spring we started out with 3 adorable Rhode Island Reds. I bought and put together a coop, and my husband helped me set up a run and compost bin for them.
About a month after we moved them into the coop, I got two Black Rock chickens. It was my day off, the kids were at school and I was bored. So, when you have nothing to do, why not go buy chickens.
Last Friday my kids and I were out running errands and my son wanted to go to the local farm store to see the baby chicks. He recently had an expander put in his mouth and was having a hard time with it, so I was willing to treat him to his request. The store had a few chicks that were 2 or more weeks old and a bunch of ones younger. They were wanting to get rid of the older ones, so I took 4 off of their hands (for free). I got two Ameraucanas, a Red Sex Link, and a Silver Laced Wyandotte. My children were thrilled.
Yesterday my husband and my dad worked very hard converting our unused doghouse into a coop for the new chickens. While they worked I was sent to the farm store to get some supplies for them. I picked up what was needed, and 2 Barred Rock chicks. 😉 I came home to a well built chicken coop and the new nickname of the Crazy Chicken Lady.
We now have two coops and 11 chickens. I am not allowed to go to the farm store any more.
I am truly becoming a small farmer. Well, what I would say is a small farmer. We have recently added chickens to our little farm, and it is so much fun. Right now they are just a couple of weeks old, and I am very new to raising chickens.
I have been doing a great deal of research and am learning a lot. We have the chicks in a bin in our garage with a heat lamp, food and water. I will keep them there until they are a bit older and it is a little warmer outside. We clean the bin daily, and that gives the kids a chance to hold the chicks.
We are starting to get the outside prepared for our chickens. I put together a chicken coop, and we have a spot set up for the coop and run. I don’t know if we will let the chickens have free range of the property just because of our dog, but the area for the run is very large and there are only three chicks (for now). I think it will be plenty of space. I am hoping to start working on the run this weekend with my husband.
I also have a lot of ideas and ambition for these chickens. I have started a compost pile, in hopes of having the chickens help to compost and I can use it in the garden. And, of course, we are looking forward to the eggs. I can’t wait to be able to go out to the coop in the morning and collect eggs. It is going to be fun.
I didn’t realize how much I would enjoy having chickens, but so far it is great. On warm days I let them hang out in the coop, and they are fun to watch. My dog is not so sure about them, and he wants to get closer to them but I am keeping them well protected. The children enjoy watching them and holding them. I just hope their enthusiasm continues as the chicks get older. We shall see how this new adventure goes.