Getting back into chickens

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by GarageChickens, Apr 20, 2012.

  1. GarageChickens

    GarageChickens In the Brooder

    Apr 20, 2012
    Greetings from Leavenworth, Kansas.

    My teen-age daughters picked up a couple chicks years ago from a feed store and I wasn't very happy. They kept them in their bedroom for about a month, then we moved them out back into an old rabbit hutch I got from a friend. One day, we heard a horrible sound and realized it was one of the chickens -- an adolescent rooster who was trying to crow. It was funny for about a day, then became pretty annoying, especially to the neighbors, who complained to the landlady. A few days later, the chickens were at a new home out in the country.

    Fast forward about 10 years. We now have our own home in a older suburb on the edge of town. My girls are grown and married and have blessed us with three grandsons. I've gotten into vegetable gardening and consider myself somewhat handy. My wife and I might be what some would call "preppers," but after surviving without power for two weeks after an ice storm a few years ago, we like to be a little more prepared and self-sufficient. I'm always looking at ways to improve our home and property with an eye toward practicality and purpose. Somehow, we ended up looking into getting some chickens.

    This year, we pulled the trigger. Three weeks ago, we purchased 2 Barred Plymouth Rocks, 2 Silver-Laced Wyandottes and an Easter Egger. They were all a few days old. The Barred Rocks are named Ann and Nancy, the Wyandottes are Stevie and Christine and the girl with green legs is Janis.

    I set up a brooder in the garage and started making final plans for the outdoor coop using as much recycled and materials-at-hand. as I can. The outdoor run will be a 5X10x6 chain-link dog pen recycled from parts from a 10x10x6 pen. Concrete pavers and edgers, plus some old wire fence will form the base and predator protection. The coop itself will be raised about 2 feet off the ground with a floor made from an old Formica-covered 3x4 drafting table (for easy cleaning, I hope). Plywood is mostly salvaged from crates and pallets from work. Windows and quarter-inch welded mesh screens were salvaged from neighborhood curbs on trash day. I've had to purchase some pressure-treated 4x4 posts, a few bags of Quickrete and some 2x4s for the frame.

    I've already stolen some great ideas from this site and a few others. I decided to join so I can share my victories and challenges and get answers and suggestions from some of the experts. I look forward to getting to know you all.

  2. CorinneP

    CorinneP Songster

    Apr 19, 2012
    Up State New York
    Hello Bob ! I am not a preper but I do dream of being a Modern Homesteader as much as possible on my 4 plus acres.. I have a couple Goats love my chickes, Plans for fruit trees want to have a bigger and better Garden every year etc etc.. I Hope you enjoy your Chickens I am sure this site will be fun and knowledgeable for you It sure has been for me ! My next big venture is Pigs.. But I think the Chickens will always have my heart.. they are so Fun[​IMG]
  3. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Crowing Premium Member

    Dec 22, 2009
  4. GarageChickens

    GarageChickens In the Brooder

    Apr 20, 2012

    I wish we had 4 acres, but we are trying to make due with the 3/4 acre or so that came with the house. We live within the city limits, so no goats, pigs, geese, etc., and the coop has to be at least 75 feet from the neighbors' homes, which is not a problem.

    I probably should not have thrown the "prepper" word out there, but I am frugal and like to be prepared for tough times. We live in storm country, so it's good to know you will not be too uncomfortable if you find you have to do without some modern amenities for an extended period of time.

    Our chickens are small-scale livestock at this point, but they may become pets. Only time will tell. They will always have a temporary home in the garage if the weather gets too rough.

    My grandkids love them!

  5. dreamer5577

    dreamer5577 Songster

    May 16, 2011
    Hi && Welcome!!!
  6. Aeropennchick

    Aeropennchick Songster

    Mar 20, 2012
    Southern PA
    Hello and welcome!!
  7. DDNONIN2016

    DDNONIN2016 Songster

    Jan 27, 2012
    SW Ohio
    Hello and welcome from Ohio.....glad you joined us
  8. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Crowing

    Aug 3, 2007
    Oberlin, OH
    Hi and :welcome from Ohio. So glad you joined. Good luck and have fun. :thumbsup
  9. weimarmama

    weimarmama Crowing

    Jun 4, 2010
    My Coop
    [​IMG] & [​IMG] from Alabama. Glad you joined us.
  10. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Crowing

    Mar 26, 2011
    Upper Peninsula Michigan
    Hi and welcome to BYC from northern Michigan :D

    I see you are music fans (love Fleetwood Mac)

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