Wednesday, February 24, 2010

I have some reading to do...

For years I have wanted to have a little coop of chickens in the yard. I want to go outside, reach under an unselfish hen and gather eggs...and say "thank-you". I want to work in the garden and hear a soft chorus of clucking.
It appears this want will finally be fulfilled. I will be drawing up plans for a simple coop which I will be building with the help of my dad...who will be paid for his help in eggs. I will probably start with 4 hens...I'd ultimately like to have 6. I want to have enough eggs for us and my parents and when my siblings need some, the overflow will go to them. I need to decide which breed to get - I loved caring for our friends black and white speckled hens and would love to get some of those, whatever they are...I need to do some research!
Which brings me to this book. Raising Chickens for Dummies. I feel awfully dumb right now. By the time the chickens come to live with us, I will be smarter. I will read this book. I will learn to be a good backyard chicken farmer...and they will thank me in eggs!

1 comment:

Lisa at Lil Fish Studios said...

yay for chickens! We have four and they've decided to start laying already. Since we don't have a rooster, one of the hens had been acting like a rooster but even she has started laying. 4 eggs a day for us. We have an Ameraucana, a Barred Rock, and two white ones that I can't remember the name of. They all lay well but the two white ones are more social than the other two.

Have you been here: http://www.backyardchickens.com/

Good luck!