I have some exciting news to share! Friday afternoon Cody surprised me with my first little flock of chickens. This has been a long time coming and I am so excited to begin this little journey of raising chicks. For as long as we have been married (three years this November), I have been bugging Cody about having poultry.
Cody got our chicks from Tractor Supply during their fall chick days. We got set up with all that we need from a heat lamp, to feed, and pine shavings. Cody found a rubber feed barrel in the barn and it is the perfect spot to keep them the first few weeks! I have been reading as much as I can about caring for baby chicks and it seems relatively simple. Chicks must maintain a temperature of 95 degrees, have plenty of food and water, and be in a safe place.
I am currently looking at designs for my chicken coop on Pinterest. This has been so overwhelming! Did you know that some people wallpaper their coops and add chandeliers?! I was planning on having a simple coop, but now my mind is spinning with ways to make this coop as chic as possible. Right now though I am just focused on getting it built; the decorating will be a fun process I can take my time on.
I am already looking forward to six months from now, harvesting my first eggs. Everyone that I have talked to has let me know that chickens can be quite the addiction once you get them established. Of course I know that they will require some work, but I believe the pay out will be well worth it. I have always imagined my little girl growing up on a farm-this is the start to that little dream.
If you have any tips or coop designs please let me know! I am definitely a newbie to chickens, so I need all the information I can to get off on the right start. Hopefully soon I can blog my chicken coop!