I knew we needed a chicken coop. So I started Googling different coops and seeing what it all entails to build one. I'm not a carpenter but I like to try to do things on my own. (To save money). I had an my sons old bunk bed frame still in storage so I thought that would be a good frame for the coop. About a month ago I began building the coop. Because I really didn't know what I was doing, as I was building it I had changed the design of the coop at least 10 times. After a couple of weeks my wife became antsy in getting the chickens but the coop was nowhere near complete. As it was now the end of October and no one in our area was selling chickens. I thought it would be spring before we got anything but my wife would not let it go. My wife was determined to get chickens this year and now. My wife found a guy selling 4 Rhode Island Reds (one of the breads she was wanting) about 30 minutes way. When she told me this on Sunday evening while I'm at work, may I add, she informs me we were picking them up on Wednesday.
So as I am the loving supporting husband that I am. I buckled down and even took a day off work just to finish the chicken coop in time. I have to admit I began to get excited about the chickens myself. I began reading more on raising chickens (thanks to BYC) who gave me a lot of information.
Well in the end I managed to get the coop done enough for the chickens on Wednesday. Then on Thursday I built them a 8'x20' run so my dog and my neighbors dog don't mess with the chickens.
I was told that it may be a few weeks before we began getting eggs due to the stress on the chickens moving from one home to a new home. But today Friday we got our first egg.
We have young kids (11,8,4 years old) they are super excited to have chickens. I'm am super excited as well. I'm looking forward to this new adventure. I know I will have a ton of questions as time goes on. And I'm glad this Website BYC has so much information and will be able to help me on the way.