So sometime during the winter Bill mentioned wanting to acquire chickens. At first I thought he was crazy, but when he explained why, I saw his point. His basic points were that they are inexpensive to keep, they are very low maintenance, and we get egg’s from them. All good points. So I told him why not.
Around May we actually started looking and we ended up finding someone selling cold weather hardy heritage pullets just south of us. Turns out when you order chicks online, it’s cheaper to buy them in bulk and then sell any extra’s to other people. So we grabbed our $30 and drove down to get them.
Because of the wildlife in our area (raccoons, skunks, possum’s, coyote’s, etc…) we have converted our mudroom into a chicken coop using plastic sheeting and pine shavings. And it turns out chickens are pretty cool. This is my first time having any kind of livestock (Bill spent stints as a kid with personal livestock like chickens and pigs) so I was kind of on the fence about it, but it is pretty nice. Now I just wish they would start laying (they are of age to lay, but it could be anywhere from today to 4 months before they start regularly producing).