Tribulations of the Co-op Coop CoupHuh. Well, look at this. I have a blog page. Odd.
I do intend to actually update this with my trials and tribulations of coop building and chicken raising...but I gotta start that first.
In the meantime, let me say that if you're in the Willamette Valley, you really should look at the Oregon Cooperative Hatchery for your chick needs. These are 6 farmers raising all manner of show-quality birds (ostriches, geese, ducks, quail, chickens, whatever), and they mostly focus on 'endangered' heritage breeds. They keep your chicks until they're about 3 weeks old, both to ensure you're getting a healthy chick and to better help them make sure you get your desired sex. They technically sell straight run for about $2-3 per chick, but if you get a rooster, they will exchange it for you for free as they raise roosters for meat purposes. They're wonderful people. They'll have a website up soon, I believe. In the meantime, the best way to contact them is by phone. I'd rather not post the number here as I'm sure it's a personal home line, but if you get onto the Eugene Craigslist and search "Oregon Cooperative Hatchery," I'm sure you'll find an ad--at least during the summer months. Alternately...PM me!