Building your Brooder Box: How to and How Much

Chickens in Brooder Box
Our beautiful ladies this year. They are now almost four weeks old and have grown tremendously since we brought them home.

Spring is in the air and it’s the perfect time for starting a flock of chickens. I wasn’t originally planning on adding to our flock this year, but we lost a few ladies this Winter so we’ll be adding a few new baby chicks. If you’ve never owned chickens before Spring is the perfect time. Co-op’s and farms are full of baby chicks with the biggest selection of breeds available in March and April.

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Coop Tour

Our six hens

As some of you know we decided to get chickens this year because they make awesomely interesting pets and you can’t beat the fresh eggs every morning. So come meet our ladies and see how they spend their days.

We have six hens that are all one year old. Jo, Jack, Meg and Beth lived together for a year before we got them and all get along well with each other, but still fight over the best treats. Elinor and Fanny joined the flock just a couple of months ago and it took a few weeks of adjusting, but they are part of the family now.

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Garden Beds to Chicken Coop

these are the hens

A weekend project on our journey to healthier eating

I would say it has been a combination of our desire to eat healthier “real food” and be more self-sufficient that has lead us to this year long process of wanting, waiting, making the decision and eventually getting chickens. Why did it take us so long to take the plunge and finally get chickens? There were so many decisions to make beyond the decision to just get chickens. Where would they go? How many chickens are we planning on getting? Would we buy a coop or build one? How much did we planning on investing initially? Do we want chickens for meat or eggs?  So many questions and so many decisions to make! Through the waiting and wanting period on our journey to get chickens I spent many hours on craigslist searching through coops to see what was available and what both new and used coops were going for.

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