…at least that’s what Barry calls me.
I have wanted chickens for a couple of years now, and was finally given the go-ahead by Barry earlier this year. We decided to build the coop next to the barn/shop, and I have to say it turned out even better than I expected. It’s the open-air type since we live in such a warm climate. During the coldest part of winter, we will just wrap it in Visqueen and install heat lamps if needed.
We got the chickens mid-June, and most were around 4-5 weeks old. We just took them out of the brooder and put them into the coop last week, and they seem so happy. They are so much fun to watch, and hopefully we’re keeping them happy enough to produce some yummy eggs for us in a few months. Here’s a list of what we got and a few pics (like I stated before, we’re hoping for 12 hens and only one rooster, but we won’t know for sure until they crow):
5 Buff Orpingtons (1 roo and 4 hens)
2 Partridge Cochins
1 Buff Polish
Oh, and I have to show off my homemade chicken feeder…it was totally FREE! We have an abundance of 5 gallon buckets we get dill pickles in at the restaurant, so I used one along with an old plastic flower pot dish…voilà! They seem to love it.
Also, notice that we went with sand in the coop and run. I read up on it, and it seemed to be the best choice for ease of cleaning and keeping the chickens cool in this heat. I just use a cat pooper scooper duct-taped to the end of an old broom handle. It takes about 5 extra minutes a day to scoop out the poop…just like you would a cat litter box.