- Mar 11, 2010
I'll try to keep this short...My girlfriend wants backyard chickens, free range, and I think its a great idea! We live in the country, 400 ft off the road, so there is plenty of room (St Charles, Mi). She is talking to someone at work that is telling her some things that I am a little skeptical about, so I'd like some help. She thinks that we can go to our local TSC and get a coop for $150. I think I have her convinced to get a kit online in the $270 price range that would probably be a little easier to maintain. She also thinks that we can get 4 or 5 chicks, bring them home and put em in a big washtub (with feed, water, bedding, etc) and in 6 weeks or so put them outside in the coop, closed in for another 6 weeks or so. And then open the door and let em out to free range. Sounds simple, right? But what I'm reading sounds a little more complicated then that. Heat, etc. She is concerned, with good reason, about spending a bunch of money and then losing the chicks, or finding out there to much work, etc. So she is trying to start out cheap. Personally, I don't anticipate losing interest, especially after reading some of the posts on this forum! Advice? And maybe a recommendation for some ultimate newbie reading material? Thanks, all!!