- Apr 11, 2014
This is my first time raising chickens, I thought I would jump in with both feet...2 light brahma pullets, 2 black australorps, 2 columbian wyandottes, 2, rhodes island reds, 1 buff orpington and 1 pearl white leg horn...they current reside in a stock water trough in the guest bedroom (it was due to be redone this year anyway). I got them March 26, 2014 and never knew they could be so entertaining and such wonderful stress relievers. I have MS and they are, for my piece of mind, great little therapists. I am building their coop at the end of the month (April) and it will be spacious and lots of room to roam around, 10'x10'. The run will be 40'x60' with a chicken garden (so they will not be in my Straw Bale Garden). I am concerned about installating the coop as we had a bad winter... for about a week it was -40 degrees. Also, we get some very hot days here in Montana's high desert...90s - 100s. If this happens again next winter, will this harm my girls? Our dog, Kol-A-Na, has decided these girls are her charges. She really gets upset in she hears them peeping. She just wants to help them but doesn't know how. Our 2 elderly Bengal cats have introduced themselves by sitting by the trough and mumbles at the chicks, who aren't particularly impressed. I hope I can really do this raising of chickens well.