My Chicken Story

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Bonquiqui, Mar 25, 2012.

  1. Bonquiqui

    Bonquiqui Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 24, 2012
    Hello fellow chicken lovers! I am new to the chicken world and I'm EXTREMELY excited! I found this site weeks and weeks before my chickens came and I have been on often ever since! My 4 chickies were born Wednesday, March 21 and arrived less than 24 hours later here at the farmers exchange in the next town over, from Mt. Healthy Hatchery in Mt. Healthy, Ohio. We put in an order for one Barred Plymouth Rock and on Black Austrolorp for the 21st and then two Rhode Island Reds two weeks later. In my great surprise, while I was at school my mom and little brother and sister went to pick up the chicks. They had a few extra Rhode Island Reds in that order and my mom said she would gladly take them. Now they will all grow up together in the comforts of my own home. Also my moms friend has a friend who is a biology teacher and is hatching chicks...and needs to get rid of them... so we will most likely be getting 2 more!

    We have never had chickens, therefore we had never had a coop. So instead of building a whole new structure, months ago I came up with an ingenious plan. We have recently converted the old sandbox play area of our 10 year old Rainbow Swing Set into a very original, though very innovative chicken coop that could easily house half a dozen chickens. Other than putting about $75 into buying three 4x8 sheets of pressure treated wood for the walls and about 20 bucks into chicken wire and buckets for food and water to go in, everything else had been recycled. With old plywood, a shelf broken into pieces, half buckets of paint and a lot of hard work contributed by the family, we threw together these first-class living quarters.

    We already have people fighting over who wants to take care of them while we are away during the summer and we have had so many visitors come and see the chicks and the coop. I am currently working on a "Chicken Journal" which in my high hopes will be published one day so others can learn the joys and the trade of chicken farming from a kid who grew up with it. Anyone is more than welcome to comment with their stories, suggestions and requests for me and my new flock!

    Cluck Cluck for now,

  2. featheredroots

    featheredroots Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 4, 2011
    Madisonville, KY
    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG] It's great to see a young person so excited about chickens! My kids like them, but sadly aren't as into them as you are with yours. I'm hoping they'll come around eventually. [​IMG]

    I love the idea of a "Chicken Journal", it sounds like a great way to get other kids interested in raising chickens! I'm also intrigued by your coop, if you can please post some pics so we can see it.
  3. Bonquiqui

    Bonquiqui Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 24, 2012
    Gladly! I hope your kids get into it too! I just love farming, so I think this is a good way to start! i will upload some pics of the coop! Check in.
  4. 3ChickensinNC

    3ChickensinNC Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 21, 2012
    on the coast
    I would love to see a picture of your coop. I have a Rainbow Play set and thought that it would make a great converstion into a coop. I would like to see what you came up with and maybe help me with some ideas

  5. Bonquiqui

    Bonquiqui Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 24, 2012
    Absolutely! I will be uploading pics of it tomorrow. Please check in anytime
  6. HalfBee

    HalfBee New Egg

    May 28, 2014
    I know this is an old thread but maybe any of you are still on. I just found an old Rainbow Playset which will become my chickenville.
    Bonquiqui: I could not find pictures of your production. Could you repost them or send them to me???
    3Chickens in NY: Did you end up with a playset coop?? Could you post pics as well??
    This is exciting. I was getting set to buy wood when this playset came available.

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