The other day our local feed store was having their annual sale of buy one get one free.
We decided to pick up some baby chicks for our daughter who wants to try her hand at raising laying hens.
Years ago we had chickens but we ended up giving them away, along with all our chicken supplies to a family with kids that wanted to try raising chickens themselves. After a couple of years with chickens we decided to focus more on our gardens. If you haven’t had chickens before then you won’t understand the messes they make. Although very adorable, at least to me, these little creatures are quite messy.
Our first batch of chickens would use our back yard tree to get to the other side of our yard…guess they figured the grass was greener over there and they were right. I remember waking up one morning to discover chickens hanging out by the pool.
Chocolate, cupcake, and other sweet treat names, which my kids thought were perfect names for poultry, had made a nasty mess around my pool…I wonder if they make chicken diapers. Plus they ate all my pretty petunias. Not sure what it is about me, but it does seem like I have a history of my pets eating unusual things. It would be nice if all these little creatures I tend to fall in love with could speak English, we could have a nice long conversation about leaving the petunias alone and just sticking with the foods I give them. None of my animals have been picky eaters. I even had a goat when I was a child that would chew on the clothes while I tried hanging them up…he did not last long at our home, he was sold (hopefully to another loving family) I am a sucker for getting too attached. I know I would do terrible in a zombie apocalypse.
So we are back to chickens once again, a project my daughter wants to take on, that and bees. I guess she misses fresh honey…we all miss fresh honey.
We have been collecting wood scraps and any other items we think she would need to create a one of a kind chicken city of sorts. I even grabbed this old dog house to redo for a nesting area for some of the hens.
We were also able to pick up a whole chicken coop for free that someone was getting rid of in our neighborhood. I can’t wait to see what my daughter comes up with. I am pretty sure the color pink will be involved.
They are so adorable right now. Just cute little things…our cats are none too happy, but they will get over it hopefully soon. I am afraid to get attached; they are in the very early stages of their life when they are very fragile. It is so hard not to fall in love with them.
I hope we don’t end up with a rooster. We are not allowed to have roosters in our neighborhood. In our first batch of chickens we accidentally got one and as soon as it was old enough for us to see it was a rooster we took it back to the feed store for an exchange. There seems to be a little chick in this new batch that has a whole lot of attitude…might be a little rooster.
I can’t wait to see how this chicken adventure with my daughter turns out. I also can’t wait to hear what crazy names she comes up with. Those names are a special treat all on their own.