2.19.2013

Let's Talk Chickens


Have I ever told you that my backyard has a chicken coop? A massive chicken coop at that. After moving in last summer, our main goals were to cut down a few trees in the backyard and get our entire property fenced in. Luckily we were able to do that. So this summer, we hope to shift our focus to the chicken coop, giving it some necessary TLC so we can get our chicks soon! 

People, I'm freaking excited!

So excited that I've created a new Pinterest board called Backyard Chickens. Yep, I really did that. 

So far I've found tips and tricks about broody hens, what to fed/not fed your chickens, healthy snacks, and some pointers to help us fix up our coop. But I want MORE.

I want more chicken literature, darnit! Don't judge...

Okay, I'll get to the point. Does anyone raise their own chickens? Do you have any good advice for my husband and I before we really dive into this? I want to gather all the information that I can so we have happy, healthy chickens and TONS of eggs. 

And here's a fun fact for you all, my husband and I have two cows. Their names are Hamburger 1 and Hamburger 2. (Is that mean?)

I'm a little farmer in the making. 

15 comments:

k8te said...

we have friends with a coop, unfortunately it wasn't secure enough and something (racoon/fox??) got in and got 7 of their 8 chickens! they have since reinforced their coop and the husband made a 'chicken tractor' aka a huge (massive!) coop that they can pick up and wheel around their yard to move it whenever they want. so, my advice is...make sure those chickens are safe and secure at night!! :)

p.s. you have cows??

Corinne said...

Oh my! Our neighbors have a chicken coop, but I don't know anything about them. They have been so sweet and given us a dozen eggs, though! YUM!

I know they keep them in their coop unless she's home, and she'll let them roam around in the yard for a while and then they go back into their home.

I agree with K8te - just make sure they are safe at night (which I'm sure you already know to do!).

Best of luck! I can't wait to see how this unfolds!

Kara said...

This is literally amazing! I wouldn't mind a few chickens myself. I think I'll have to go follow this new chicken board of your's!

Anne @ Cup of Caffeine said...

Hey congraulations on the cows! I had no idea you had two! My husband and I also own two cows, they just had calves last month.

My cousins are all about raising chickens. They use them to help with their gardening. Thats all I really know about them though.

Kenzie Smith said...

Seriously that is one of the biggest reasons I want to move - to have chickens! I've been looking at chicken coop plans and bookmarking pages! I want some chickens so bad!! I'm off to check out your Pinterest board :D
We had two pigs when I was younger, their names were Ham and Bacon :D

Megan @ InnerHappiness said...

I just love reading your blog! You always seem to surprise me with something new going on in your life. I am so jealous :)

Natalie | Mrs. Janney | said...

Oh I'm jealous! I want chickens!!! I've read that if you feed your chickens kale, their eggs with have loads of DHA in them.

kelsey bang said...

i have always wanted chickens! this is so awesome!

Nadeen Talbot said...

I'd love to see your cows! The chickens are cute too and must be very entertaining to watch :)

Beth W said...

That's AWESOME! I can't wait to have chickens (assuming King County will let me). Jessica at Seattle Free School teaches a class on keeping chickens in the city. I think she's planning on having another class soon...it might be a good resource for ya. :)

lost in travels said...

that's so awesome! my husband had chickens growing up and wants to get them again when we get a place. i love the idea!

LWLH said...

Chickens and cows?!? Wow, get your farmer on girl :)

Sarah said...

I have no advice but I LOVE those names. I am jealous that you have them though because I've heard the fresh eggs are amazing!!

Treasure Tromp said...

oh, I want chickens so badly!

cynthia said...

No personal experience but I read this blog: http://www.mybitofearth.net/

She has had chickens for a couple/few years now. :)