Country livin’!

Discussion in 'Family Life - Stories, Pictures & Updates' started by HBRRanchCO, Feb 1, 2019.

  1. HBRRanchCO

    HBRRanchCO Chirping

    Dec 15, 2017
    Sheridan, CO
    98696146-1003-4CCE-A624-C95FC6DA5896.jpeg 051E61F2-865B-40A9-BFB7-5F0D26B82CBC.jpeg When I signed up here about a year ago, we lived in the city, we were planning our wedding, and planning a move to the country “someday”. Well, I am beyond pleased to announce that we closed on a 40 acre place in podunk Colorado just after Christmas!

    We got my horse and mini moved out here, our 4 chickens (was 5, lost one just after the move, was too much for her we think), 2 dogs, 2 parakeets, and a cat. We inherited a cat who visits the farm from time to time, we leave food and water in the garage where it has a kitty door to come and go as it pleases. We’ve seen it a grand total of like 3 times and always very briefly.

    We have the chickens set up in the barn right now (just their chain link enclosure from the other house and their small coop), and planning for chicks in the next couple months to expand our laying hens. We finally just started getting eggs from our remaining girls again this week.

    Our plan is to frame in and insulate the corner of the barn where they are now so we can give them a big fenced space outside to use. They have a small fenced space outside and a door to get out, but they haven’t ventured out yet. One has figured out how to fly out of the enclosure but not back in. Silly bird.

    We plan to expand the layers, then this summer we will get our first batch of meat birds and give them a whirl. We are also getting ready for cows and goats and pigs and more horses! Plus plans are in the works for the biggest garden I’ve ever had (by far!).

    Anyway, I knew you all would share in my excitement at not having a 6 hen limit anymore!
  2. Olivekat07

    Olivekat07 Songster

    Dec 10, 2017
    Good for you! I have been living the “country life” for about 9 years now! I love living out in the middle of no where and it is great not have too many neighbors so your roosters can crow all they want! I hope you have a good time living the “country life!”
  3. A_Fowl_Guy

    A_Fowl_Guy Stylin’ and Profilin’

    May 4, 2014
    Newberry, Indiana
    Congratulations! You’ll love the farm life! When we moved from the city with a 6 chicken limit, my chicken math went haywire. Got 24 hens, 3 roosters, and 3 guineas. I recommend getting some guineas since they help with bug control.
  4. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Congratulations on your new home.
  5. N F C

    N F C Oh no Mr. Bill!

    Dec 12, 2013
    Congrats on your new rural home, love the barn!
  6. chickenE

    chickenE Songster

    Apr 30, 2017
    Cary, NC
    Gorgeous place!
  7. Melky

    Melky Spring has sprung!

    Jul 23, 2018
    Edgewood, KY
    My Coop
    Congrats! Welcome! It is nice to recognize dreams while your old enough but not too old to appreciate them.

  8. HBRRanchCO

    HBRRanchCO Chirping

    Dec 15, 2017
    Sheridan, CO
    Thanks so much all! We are loving it so far. I was just looking at the list of chicks coming in to our local feed store and making my wish list. I think I’m up to 11, plus the order of 8 I already placed with a local place that will deliver them to us at about 4-5 weeks, plus our 4. I think 23 is good for I’ll make sure we have space for like 30
  9. Melky

    Melky Spring has sprung!

    Jul 23, 2018
    Edgewood, KY
    My Coop
    As long as coop or barn space is 4 sq ft per bird and run space is 10 sq ft per bird as minimum you should do fine. You certainly have enough property to make that happen. Enjoy your pretty egg basket? :)
  10. CLovesDucks

    CLovesDucks Songster

    Dec 25, 2018
    Wake Forest, NC
    Congrats! Looks absolutely beautiful!

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