Hello fellow chicken lovers! I am new to the chicken world and I'm EXTREMELY excited! I found this site weeks and weeks before my chickens came and I have been on often ever since! My 4 chickies were born Wednesday, March 21 and arrived less than 24 hours later here at the farmers exchange in the next town over, from Mt. Healthy Hatchery in Mt. Healthy, Ohio. We put in an order for one Barred Plymouth Rock and on Black Austrolorp for the 21st and then two Rhode Island Reds two weeks later. In my great surprise, while I was at school my mom and little brother and sister went to pick up the chicks. They had a few extra Rhode Island Reds in that order and my mom said she would gladly take them. Now they will all grow up together in the comforts of my own home. Also my moms friend has a friend who is a biology teacher and is hatching chicks...and needs to get rid of them... so we will most likely be getting 2 more!
We have never had chickens, therefore we had never had a coop. So instead of building a whole new structure, months ago I came up with an ingenious plan. We have recently converted the old sandbox play area of our 10 year old Rainbow Swing Set into a very original, though very innovative chicken coop that could easily house half a dozen chickens. Other than putting about $75 into buying three 4x8 sheets of pressure treated wood for the walls and about 20 bucks into chicken wire and buckets for food and water to go in, everything else had been recycled. With old plywood, a shelf broken into pieces, half buckets of paint and a lot of hard work contributed by the family, we threw together these first-class living quarters.
We already have people fighting over who wants to take care of them while we are away during the summer and we have had so many visitors come and see the chicks and the coop. I am currently working on a "Chicken Journal" which in my high hopes will be published one day so others can learn the joys and the trade of chicken farming from a kid who grew up with it. Anyone is more than welcome to comment with their stories, suggestions and requests for me and my new flock!
Cluck Cluck for now,