Hello! I've been dreaming about the chance to have some chickens of my own for years, now, but never lived any place where I could.
Well, we're about to close on a house in Richmond, Indiana! I can't have a big flock there, but three laying hens would be enough to keep my family in eggs most of the year. I'm still in the daydreaming/planning stages, since I can't start building until we actually move in.
I hatched an idea to build a couple of 4' x 12' raised garden beds, then build a coop and run to fit on top and switch back and forth each year. If I make the run detachable, it shouldn't be too hard to move them in the early winter months. That'd be a 4x3 coop and a 4x9 run. I plan to use cinder block for the raised bed edges, so I can plant some around the bed in the holes, too.
I'm full of thoughts but so new! I need to pick a breed (thinking Sussex, Black Star, or Buff Orps), find or draw up plans for the coop, and decide what, if any, winter cover crops will go on the "chicken bed" this fall. I'd like to have everything ready for some chickens to move in come spring.
I have two young boys (6 and 3) who will probably want to help but tend to be boisterous, so I need to factor that into my plans.
Hello! I'm glad to be here! I'm excited about finally having a chance to get my own chickens!