Our Chickens

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It’s been a while since we’ve given an update about the chickens.  I’m not sure there are many of you out there that were wondering but, Sis, this is for you. We have been in a love/hate relationship with our chickens.  I love the eggs we get from them but I hate when they are always getting out.  Just about the time you think you have them contained they figure out some other way to escape.   I mean really their just chickens!     Greg got to the point where he said the next one I see out gets shot.  I was all for it.  Zoe, on the other, hand was not.  She made sure to check the chickens before Daddy to get any back in that may have gotten out.

So another chicken coop was designed and built.  I will say we didn’t like the one we had before, or the one before that, or the one before that.  From all our research it really is just a matter of preference what type you want.  I for one want one we can fully walk into to clean out, gather eggs, and fill food.  The new coop does all that.  It has a wood floor, perches, and perfect laying boxes (milk crates).  Zoe does most of the chicken care and it has been much easier for her to use.  The chickens have a larger pen area that is tall and completely covered (we had a jumper).  Greg still isn’t fully happy with it.  I think it will get a coat of paint this spring (red of course).  Other than that I love it.  It is easy to clean which was the biggest plus for me.  Chickens are dirty.  And one of the best parts of this new coop?  It was all free or recycled from the previous coop (with the exception of screws)  The biggest score was 3 full sheets of plywood on craigslist.

And the chickens?  They love it too.  Look at all those eggs.  I think that was 3 days worth.  They have continued to lay all winter.  Not as much as the spring/summer months mind you but enough that I have not had to buy eggs this winter.  With feeding 13 chickens I refused to buy eggs.  That also means we will have A LOT of eggs this spring.  You know its bad when your kids are excited to eat oatmeal for breakfast.

2 thoughts on “Our Chickens

  1. That’s the kind of set up I want for our chickens too! My chickens quit laying about a week ago, hope they start again soon. =D

  2. Hi There!!! A stand-up pen is the only way to go and you’re right, “chickens are dirty” but the poop is great in the garden (you don’t even have to mix it in – just lay it on top and it goes to work)! I tried chicketts (teenages) last spring but the cats were eating them!(dug in, under,and over) – Yikes and yuck! Gave what was left back to the lady and she gave me “egg credit” – too funny! You guys must be doing great with all the research and trials along the way – sure would love to be there to share in the fun. Love and miss you all! And you’re right – I’m always checking on you and love the updates!

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