were getting chickens!!!

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  1. FoxyWench

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    weve been planning this for about 3 yrs now...

    my mum REALY wants a couple of chickens, checked ordinances and put lots of thought into time, breeds and maintenence and last year decided we were going to go for it...
    then like many other things in life things got too hectic and nothing moved forward.
    well mum brought it up a couple of weeks ago, that she wants her hens this year!

    so im currently looking up coop designs, trying to figure out the best way to do this. weve got the breeds picked out and a place to get them from, we'll be getting extras due to shipping of young chicks but they will end up rehomed...
    hopefully, the chicks will be comming home the end of march, and if the weather co-operates, coop will be built and chicks will be moved out to the coop at 4-6 weeks...

    they wont realy be MINE of course as when i move mum keeps them shes picked them out ect...this is her little project realy, but the planning stuff has fallen on me and im quite excited about it :)

    so does anyone else have hens?!

    we will only be having hens, were not alowed roosters in our zoning.
     
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    well we ordered them! :D

    were getting 11
    2 of each of the following plus 1 "suprise" chick
    australorp
    barred rock
    buff orphington
    columbian rock
    speckled sussex

    and "mystery chick" could be many things but im kind of hoping itll be eaither a wyandotte or a easter egger...in which i might be tempted to keep it too lol

    but at least 5 of the 11 will be finding new homes.
    the coop will be big enough overall for up to 8 hens, but were only supposed to have 5 in our zoming so we'll see.
    my sister realy wants silkies too lol.

    we asked for delivery for the week of the 28th, itll depend on hatch rates, but yay.
    today we decided on a final design for cassa del cluck cluck, and now i jus tneed to put a materials list together.

    tomorrow i think im going ot do some driving, to the tractor supply and the larger agway near-ish to us (the one agway close doesnt carry anythign poultry related) and take a look, need to price up feed and shavings and bits and bobs needed...

    if you couldnt tell, im excited.
    add to this theres visible buds on the trees and the crocus and tulips are popping their leaves out and the weather was lovely today (after a week of rain lol) so im feeling "spring like"
     
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    :D That's exciting! no hens here, but I hope we get to see pics! ;)
     
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    How cool foxy!

    I have three hens, a buff and two bramas :)

    They are so much fun and so trainable. Iam sure you'll like them...I'd like to have more but Iam afraid the neighbors will complain (they aren't exactly legal here;) )

    Iam assuming you are going to raise the little guys inside at first? :)
     
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    yeah they will be living in the house untill about 6 weeks old then mooved to the coop the coop will have electircal acess if they still need a little extra heat at night still too.

    ill definatly be posting pics once they arive, i think chicks are just tooo cute :)

    my sister likes the bramahs and the cochins but were definatly in it for the eggs so we whent with the best producers with good temperments :)
    id love to see pics of your trio.

    oh and we have names lined up

    Ronny (after my mums mum veronica), Milly (mildred) Henrietta, Gertrude and Daisy
    mum wanted "old fashioned" names for them lol, and my nan loved chickens :)
     
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    got delivery info, they ship out on the 31st will be 1-2 days in transit (ill get a tracking number when they do ship)

    we cleared out most of the area thats going to be their run, still have a little left to do today...
    im excited :)
     
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    way cool, Foxy!!! I want to keep hearing allll about them, cause you know I want some hens here, too! I'm excited for you. :)
     
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    i promise to post pictures when they come and as they grow, im thinking of putting together a little blog :)
     
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    the chicken saga begins

    so on thursday we began clearing out the area thats going to be used to put the coop and the run, theres about 500 sqft behind the shed thats going to waste, about 100 sqft of that is relitivly flat but has been used as a collection ground for various peices of wood, junk, paint cans and other such yickyness.

    thursday begin the clean out...
    friday finnished it...
    yes there was that much stuff. me and mum worked out butts off shifting everything by the wheelbarrow full...
    man i was aching...
    then this morning we whent to tractor supply where we picked up a chainlink dog run...its supposed to be 10x10 however with some modification and the fact its going to ahve one wall made up of the shed and coop, we have enough peices to make it 10 x 15...
    so that meant digging, LOTS of digging, see we live on a giant sand dune and while some of the area was good to go after removing the stuff, we had staghorn sumac (non poisenous) and bittersweet to hack out of the ground, a huge stump to come out and a good 10ft of hill to dig out on one corner of the run to a 3ft depth at some spots...
    me and mum kicked but again...
    the bottom frame is together loosely, the side and top rails we'll probbaly try and do tomorrow if the weather behaves, then we get to stretch the chainlink round...
    the whole thing will remain quite wobbly untill its bolted to the shed and coop but its huge, (10 sqft per chicken...ours are going to have tripple that!)

    im dirty, im achey and im tired...

    tonight is chinese food and then a fire pit...
    ill sleep well tonight lol

    chicks are due to arrive the 1st of april!
    *excited*
     
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    We were discussing this in chat last night. i'm getting chickens as well. Even though I live in town, our regulation is that we can have up to 10 fowl (ducks etc) inside city limits, just no roosters. So I'll be ordering mine or looking on Craigslist at the end of this month, our weather has been wacky so I don't want them to freeze during shipping.
     
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    I'm jealous of your chickens:) I'd like a few, and we're allowed them where we live, but I'd worry about the terrier boy eating them. He's already spent all of his 8 years hoping that the parrot will one day fly into his mouth:rolleyes:

    Plus, a good portion of the backyard is devoted to our tortoise's enclosure, so I'd have nowhere secure for wee chickens to be. I do ogle the babies at the feed store though
     
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    you could get a trio of bantams (mini chickens) they only need 2 sqft per bird of inside space and 5sqft per bird outside...
    and there super cute.
    they lay lots of eggs, there just smaller...

    get 3 hens for just eggs or a roo and 2 hens and eat some eggs and hatch the rest to sell :)

    i think bantam cochins are adorable...
    see sooo fluffy!
    http://www.feathersite.com/Poultry/CGA/Cochins/BRKCochinBty.html

    or japanese bantams
    http://www.feathersite.com/Poultry/CGD/Japs/BRKJap.html

    or sebrights (they so perdy!)
    http://www.feathersite.com/Poultry/CGP/Sebr/BRKSebrights.html

    and theres the ever adorable silkies
    http://www.feathersite.com/Poultry/CGP/Silkies/BRKSilkies.html

    though you would have to keep the terrier boy away from the cluck clucks lol

    i LOVE bantams, when i get my own place i wanna a a breeding trio of the 4 breeds i just posted.

    i think everyone should have chickens...how many folks can say their pet makes them breakfast? lol
     

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