Funny how that works!! I have wanted to get chickens for a few years. I grew up on a farm and wanted my son to have the experience of raising animals for food supply. We already had a garden which gains us squash, corn, canned tomatoes, and various other things to enjoy, but I wanted more.
This summer hubby decided it would be a simple task to transform the playset our son was out-growing into a chicken coop. After a little consideration, we ended up converting part of an out-building into a chicken coop and building an attached run instead. Our son got some modifications done to the playset as well.
We went to the local farm store to look at the chicks thinking we would stay around 6. Somehow we left with 7. Found some easter eggers and we really wanted some pretty eggs, 3 EE and 3 buffs. 7+6=13. The barred rocks we bought ended up being Australorps. Since my son wanted the barred rocks because some friends have them, we went looking to get a couple of those.. Knowing the minimum was 6. I got some more EE. It seemed that 1, possibly 2 of my first 3 easter eggers were Roos... Not acceptable, I wanted pretty eggs. 13+6= 19
The older chickens are starting to lay and the later group is a few weeks behind. No casualties and only 1 Roo.. & a beautiful EE he is. Hoping the neighbors don't mind too much so I can eventually let a broody hatch some babies next year.
Rewind to last week, mom calls... Someone they know bought a coop and 12 chickens this year and has decided they can't do it right now. Do we want the chickens. ?? Without asking me, hubby tells her yes. We know two other couples with chicken fever so if we don't keep them, or make some dinner, we have a resource to move them along to. Free so we are still at 19.
I told hubby that the fifth is Wednesday this week, I had in mind it was Thursday for some reason- the fifth is our 20 yr anniversary. I said I was mistaken on the day.
. He said it's ok, we are going to get chickens that day!! He has it as bad as I do. Then my son asked this morning when are we getting more chickens. He knows we were talking about some free ones but I guess wanted to know if it was real.
Now, if I can just get my hands on an olive egger and a frizz.
Got to get to work on a seperate temporary coop for now until we are sure the new birds are safe to integrate. That will keep me busy Edited by Suziqzer - 8/3/15 at 8:10am