Monday, April 27, 2009

Our Next Project...

Step #1. Build

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That's right!


I wish I was there right now to see the faces of those that know us that are reading this. The reactions we get make us laugh! We've had mixed reviews on whether this is a good idea or not. Living in the middle of suburbia we get lots of "WHY???" questions. Only two people have been all for it from the start - my best friend, who thinks it's a fantastic idea (of course, she raises goats, so maybe that should have been expected) and my mother-in-law who seems genuinely excited about the whole thing! Maybe she's anticipating the fresh blue and green eggs just as much as I am! And I'm pretty sure that my dad has come around to the idea because he sent me a great link to lots of backyard chicken info!

We spent the past three days designing and re-designing the plans for our chicken coop. You'd think we were attempting to recreate the Taj Mahal with how much effort has gone into this! There is so much information out there about what a chicken coop should be like that it can make you dizzy! And we're not one's to do something half-way...if we're going to do this, then we're going to do it right! Hopefully our plan is good enough for the chickens!

All of the wood, hinges, roof tiles and wire is sitting in the garage waiting to be turned into something great! We're keeping our fingers crossed that our vision will come to life without much headache and stress!

Once the coop and run are built we will buy our chicks! Can't wait for this part! We already have names picked out, but I'll wait to share those when we introduce them to you! We want to find three Araucana chicks - also known as Easter Egg Chickens because of the gorgeous green and blue eggs that they lay.

Once the chickens are here and are old enough, we can start collecting our eggs! Can't wait for this part either!

Can you tell I'm just a little bit excited?

Wish us luck!
More importantly, wish my carpenter luck...the building part is all on him.

We'll take lots of progress pictures - that seemed to be the one thing that was lacking online. A really great and detailed "how to" would have been nice.

Oh! And if any of you have any advice to give on raising backyard chickens, we're all, I mean ears!

Off to get started...


Dallin said...

Never would have guessed this...not entirely shocked...but wouldn't have guessed! I'm excited to see pics...and to see the chicks come August when I will be home for a bit...that's your notice...I'm coming! Would be fun to have another DHS drill gathering of sorts!

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Frugal Jen said...

How fun! I look forward to hearing you write about your new adventure with little chickens!

Funky Junk Interiors said...

(I am back.. had to correct a typo! LOL)

You will LOVE it!

What started with 4 chickens ended up with 40 after all was said and done. The eggs were exquisite! But I have a tip to make them taste even better.

If you can, allow your chickens to roam over a bigger area. Better yet, incorporate a compost! Yes, you heard that right. They are chalk full of worms and other goodies chickens love.

And another.. feed your chickens raw veggie scraps. Bits of carrots, lettuce, you get the idea. No onions or hot things. A deli owner asked if she could throw her old veggie scraps into our chicken yard. Since she had been doing that, the eggs exploded with the most amazing flavour ever! But do not throw in oily or meaty or cooked or baked scraps.

This was 5 years ago. And I've yet to taste anything close to what our eggs were like.

If you plan for abit of free ranging in a whole entire back yard (sometimes they hop fences and just do it... clip wings if this becomes an issue) you will find hidden gems here and there, by means of new places for eggs. When puttering in the yard one day, I came across 30 eggs hidden behind a bush! A chicken will continue to visit the same location to lay. So make sure you check out every square inch of where your chickens will wander.

Happy chickens are those that have room to cruise. And they go through water really quick. (sigh..) just gotta be right on top of it on those hot summer days.

Try and find a good organic feed if you can. A high quality with no animal byproducts is best. But the bigger the roaming field, the less feed you'll need. And the eggs will taste better to boot!

Enjoy! You'll love it!


Karla said...

Teri - LOL! :) CANNOT wait to see you! What are your dates?

Jen - Thanks! I'm sure there will be lots to write about! :)

Donna! You ROCK!! I cannot thank you enough for taking the time to write to us! We so very much appreciate it and will definitely be taking and using all of your advice! You may be hearing from me - you might have just become my go-to-gal for questions! :) Hope you don't mind!


Maya@Completely Coastal said...

I think this is a fun idea..., going "green" this way! Wish you all the best for this projects. And I will follow..., I'm so curious about this...

kathi said...

How fun! Wish I could have chickens! Can't wait to see your coop in progress! Love this!

amanda said...

Ironically, Design Mom's guest poster recently posted about this very subject.

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