We put our focus on chickens this past weekend and went around and visited with a few friends that had some experience and started sketching out our thoughts on what kind of a coop to build. It of course will consist of salvaged materials where possible and be built to house about 12 lovely ladies. We have a lot of raccoon and other predators to consider, so we’re trying to set it up in a way that keeps them safe AND free….I’d love to just let them roam free most of the time, but not sure if that’s the best idea. I used to drive by a house on my way to work that just lets their chickens run willy nilly and it would break my heart to see a dog running alongside the road with one in its’ mouth, or to see them get hit by cars because they were of course fascinated with what was on the other side of the street versus their own yard….ugh…I had to start taking an alternate route to work lol.
At first, Maddie wasn’t really on board with the whole idea…when we first mentioned it a few years ago, she burst into tears and cried “I don’t want to live on a farm”….. She later explained she was envisioning some large farm operation versus our little backyard homestead version of things….it was all quite funny, actually. Today, she’s singing a different tune and is really excited about it all, thank goodness…as are Jon and I! We’re focusing on layers and we’re going to wait to order our chicks until the coop is close to being finished….. hopefully in the next couple weeks. What kinds of chickens you ask? Well, we’ve not quite decided yet….I’m thinking a few different varieties versus one, though. Still doing my research on that end of things….anyone have any recommendations?
Sorry for some of the blurry pics…I dropped my camera on the ‘cement’ floor at the studio a couple weeks ago and let’s just say I’m down a lens for a while and the one I’m stuck with doesn’t do well in close, dark quarters
The one farm we visited, also raised goats…… Loved the big guy with the beard. Not sure we’re quite ready for any goats yet, but you never know.
Another ‘farm’ we visited was smack dab in the middle of town….Loved the steel architecture in the windows of their coop. It’s downright refreshing to walk into someone’s backyard and get a glimpse of chickens clucking around. Meet the Kale-loving Gabor Sisters….ZsaZsa, Eva and Magda.
Will share more as we get closer….
Cheers to raising a few chickens and learning something new!