We have jumped into the world of owning chickens and have fallen in love with this silly creatures.
I have known that we wanted to own chickens for years and have been doing some basic research on them while we still lived in Japan. My requirements for which breed we would own were pretty simple. These chickens needed to be good layers (we eat a lot of eggs), they needed to have a good temperament, and they needed to be hardy since I wanted them to be free range. I also knew I didn’t want to own a rooster and that I would simply buy chicks and not worry about hatching. This plan could change in the future but for now it is working for us.
On Jaxon’s birthday we headed to the local farm store for some basic needs and ended up picking up seven Rhode Island Reds while we were there. This was not a planned purchase but it worked out for us. A few weeks later we were back at the store and purchased six Barred Plymouth Rocks. Both of these breeds met all of my requirements.
Things we have learned since purchasing chickens.
- Have your brooder box set up before bringing home your chicks. We bought everything when we purchased our first set and had to get everything set up once we got home with our new babies. This was stressful and I do not recommend doing this.
- Be aware of how fast these cute little chicks grow and quickly run out of space in their brooder. We used a smaller stock tank and having thirteen chickens in there was not the best decision.
- Do not have your brooder in the house for more than a few days if at all. We purchased all of our chickens in January and we did not have their coop built outside at all. I foolishly thought we had plenty of time to get it done and that it would only take us one weekend to get it built. The weather did not cooperate and work commitments continued to push us further behind.
- Hang the water in your brooder! Trust me! These cute little things are messy and the waterer we had was constantly filled with shavings from them running around.
- Once you move your chickens into their coop keep their nesting boxes closed off until closer to laying age so that they do not sleep in the boxes.
- We kept our girls confined to their coop once they moved outside. This was done for two reasons, first was their run to the yard was not complete and second we wanted them comfortable with their coop.
We lost one chicken to one of the dogs and are now down to twelve. These ladies are consistently providing us with at least eight eggs a day. I knew that I didn’t want to wash the eggs and use up valuable refrigerator space so I needed to find a way to store them on my limited counter space. I also wanted to be sure I was using oldest first so I didn’t waste these wonderful resources we were all working so hard on. I found a great storage option on Amazon that is narrow, fits under my upper cabinets, and rotates the eggs for me.
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