I am currently building a chicken tractor for my girls.
Building the coop with Bob (my father-in-law).
I cannot wait for the arrival of my chicks - 27/28 of April.
Here is the WHOLE chicken story:
ok - here goes: (since so many people are asking...)
since about 3rd grade i have wanted chickens. my dad would not let me, but one of our employees was going to 'get into the chicken business' - small scale. so, in about 5th grade i started helping him here and there. his chix did not last long...so that was that.
when aaron and i moved back to tipton and have 3 1/3 acres, i thought...perfect - i can get chickens. well, now my husband would not let me. so we had our first son, maverick. so i got a son instead of chickens - before maverick, we were going to breed butler (the dog) so we decided we wanted puppies (kids) and not another dog. so...
i got off the chicken band wagon for quite a while until...
we went to key west. if you have ever been, there are chickens running around EVERYWHERE. there was a certain rooster that woke me up every morning (i am not getting a rooster) - but i did buy a photo of a 'caged cock' and love it. so i was infatuated with chickens once again. i kept pleading with aaron down in key west to let me get some (i only wanted 3). well...one night he gave in and said yes (i think he was drunk and wanted 'something '
so we got back to indiana and i asked him 3 times if i could get chickens and i think he wanted me to quit asking so he said (and i quote) "honey, whatever you want to do". so i took that as a go-ahead. i ordered my chicks that day. he was surprised that i ordered them and they were coming in april. so - since then i have been obsessed with getting the coop built and the brooder ready.
i am just raising them for their eggs (not meat). the kids will love them!!! and so will their friends and cousins. dallas and calvin (my nephews - stone too if he were in IN and not CA) will get to pick out a chick and name her.
the name of the coop will be blue heaven (for a bar that is down in key west and there were chickens all over the place) and one of the 'girls' - hens will be named FRANNY FEATHERS - after my grandmother frances...granny franny!
so - that sums it up. i think aaron wishes i would concetrate more on building our house right now, but we are at a great point that i can get the chick thing done and then back to working on our house...which is moving along quite nicely. i told him i would rather figure the chicken thing out here first and then move them to our new home. this way we can create a special area for them.
anyway...that is that. i will post photos of the coop. i took a few the other day. and of the girls when we get them. they should arrive 28 april:
2 rhode island red
2 barred rock
1 easter egger
1 wyandotte - columbian
all brown eggers except easter egger = blue or green and campine is white. for those people that do not want brown eggs.
i am raising them 100% organic and will have fresh eggs for friends and family...