As you may have heard through the Facebook page, I adopted a pair of chickens on Wednesday. As little as a week ago, the plan had been to hold off on chickens until next spring to give us time to finalize our mini-orchard and the gobs of other things around the ol’ homestead.
And then my sister and brother-in-law said we could have their coop and enclosed run and all the feeder/waterer stuff for free because they weren’t doing chickens this year.
Suddenly squeezing chickens onto this springs To Do List seemed to make more sense. We were contemplating what chicks to get (Buff Orpingtons were our frontrunners) and had ordered our copy of Storey’s Guide to Raising Chickens (The Chicken Bible, we were told repeatedly) in anticipation of a gradual, book-assisted learning curve that would result in cute fuzzy chicklets some time in late April.
And then my friend Stacy came over with her latest find: a Craigslist ad for a 10 month old Buff Orpington hen from a guy who was downsizing his flock. While I deferred and hesitated, Stacy just called the chicken owner and handed the phone off to me. I got the details, and talked him into parting with another chicken, an older but still laying Barred Rock, because I didn’t want the Buff to get lonely.
We were in the car within the hour on our Great Chicken Adventure.
The guy who sold me the hens was incredible. He keeps a small chicken flock and rabbits. Check out what he has built, it looks like a petting zoo:
Nom, nom, nom! That white basically didn’t spread. Now that’s a fresh egg.
Here’s a picture of my sister and brother-in-law’s coop, converted from a doghouse. They housed ducks in it last year. This is what is coming our way this afternoon. Thanks Liz and Dave!