A little about me. I'm a pretty hardcore dog mom. I volunteer for a rescue that works with at risk dogs. I'm currently a student (Environmental Science Major) transferrring to UW in a few months. I'm married to a wonderful guy that grew up "on" his grandfathers farms and raised pigs in his Agriculture class in HS.
Having chickens was not part of my immediate plan. But, long story short, my cousin bought 3 chicks from a feed store. (Here's where the real eye roll starts.) Within 12 hours she was over them. She didn't want them anymore and dropped them off with my mom. Well, she knew my husband wanted chickens someday anyway... so we ended up with 2 week old chicks that we weren't at all ready for.
It's been a rough ride with a serious learning curve but I adore them. We recently lost one to what we are pretty sure was a raccoon. So we got them a new, super beefy, coop/run combo and installed motion sensor lights. I really hope it's enough. (I cried for hours the evening I found PantherLily. (It was stil daylight darn it!)
Now that I have a coop I feel I can trust we are looking to add ~4 more chickens. (The coop is like 5 times bigger than the old one.) I can't wait to raise some new girls and add them to our tiny "flock." I hope Nora (bantam cochin) and Mabel (silkie) are as excited as I am.
So any tips for a new gal?
(I'm already learning so much and wish I had found this forum sooner!)