My Backyard Chickens

My dreams and plans for a backyard flock updated with our beginning flock!
By HopeMartin · Nov 30, 2017 · Updated Jun 24, 2018 ·
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  1. HopeMartin
    June 24, 2018
    Beginning Flock
    Well, our beginning flock is very different from our dream flock (see "beginning thoughts" below). A friend, and chicken owner, is moving and needed to downsize her flock and asked if we could adopt a few. Of course I said YES! So thanks to her we have 2 Dominiques and 2 Golden Wyandottes! All are about 2 years old. So far, they're laying about a dozen eggs a week.
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    Here they are with a new "toy", a bug-filled log. ;)
    The coop is built from the Garden Coop plans. We're gonna call it "The Egg Plant" and so painted it appropriately.
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    The rocks around the bottom were an "upgrade" after something (a fox we think) attempted to dig under. The hardware cloth extends about a foot down past the base boards and it didn't clear that thankfully. After repeated attempts at the back side, I added another bit of hardware cloth that extends about the same amount along the ground and under the mulch. It's stapled to the coop too. I'm calling it the "ruffle". ;)

    Still want to do some trimming and decorating but that will have to wait until another payday.

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    Beginning Thoughts
    I don't have a flock, yet. But I am a bit bed ridden at the moment and need something to focus on. So here I am dumping my thoughts. Please do leave comments! Nothing's been purchased yet so anything is possible!

    My starter flock:
    • Bantam RiR (daughter's choice, good layer), 5 pullets
    • Bantam EEs (pretty eggs!, different color feathers), 5 SR

    Hoping to minimize the number of roos we need to rehome with this configuration.

    Where I'm going to get them: Cackle Hatchery. We can drive there to pick them up.

    Coop of choice: The Garden Coop. I think something I can stand up in would be best. Easier on my back but harder on the wallet. Sigh. Even shipped that would be cheaper by a couple hundred if I did that math right.

    We live about a mile outside the city limits and have just about every predator. (except bears and bobcats) Not to mention roaming pet dogs. So I'm concerned that I can't even make a coop/run predator proof enough.

    Brooder thoughts: if we get the coop built first, wonder if I can build in a brooder with MHP somehow.

    I'll update this as things change or (hopefully) happen. :)

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    HopeMartin
    Wearer many hats: Artist, Wife, Mother, Homeschooler, Shorin Ryu Shodan.
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