CHICKENS

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A country girl at heart living in a small river town I have dreamt of raising chickens for years and this year it finally happened.

 

About six weeks ago I finally went and had a friend hatch me some chicks, But we figured out the rooster didn’t cooperate much, For we only had two chick that hatched and a week later they both died.   So on to a farm supply store I picked my new chicks from ages two weeks to 4 weeks as good as the help could tell.   I was so excited and had been reading up on articles and blogs to prepare myself for this awesome adventure finally coming true!  I know it seems a little silly but since I was a kid I wanted to live on a farm with lots of animals, But I married a city boy and then the kids came and life but my dream never died!  I’am a little bit country a little bit rock and roll as they say.  So back to the chicks;  I purchased ten chicks some Leghorns, Rhode Islands, Bantam and cute black ones I can’t remember what they were called!  So I bought all the food, and containers for water and feed, pine shavings, cages, electrolytes, coop freshener, natural spray for mites and such, snack feed, and a heat lamp then brought my babies home and set them all up in my craft room due to the cold spell we were having which lasted forever!  I lost one of my Bantams I think because it was too hot even though I was keeping it around 85-90 degrees.  The rest were doing fine but then I had to move the older ones the Leghorns (3) to their own cages for they were growing fast plus more active and bossy! I spent a lot of time in with them due to all their scratching a flinging shavings into their water and feeders and because I just wanted to!  I would hold them talk to them and even pet them through the cage, This crazy chick mom even decided to play the piano a couple times and they all would get real quiet and fall asleep!!  Crazy huh?

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I also would talk to them like I do my dogs and cat I thought it only natural I love them too right!  I know, I know, I’m crazy their just chickens man!!    But they’re MY CHICKENS!

So today was a BIG DAY  today I was finally ready to move those chicks to their new coop for all was completed in the coop with electricity, ceiling fan, heat lamp, bedding, containers, flooring, windows, and fresh paint and decor outside along with fencing and netting to keep the predators out!  We have a lot of hawks and eagles here being next to the Mississippi River!  My son and granddaughter helped with the moving of the chicks and supplies and man was I excited!!  Like a little kid in a candy store!  I tried to contain it so everyone wouldn’t think I was too nuts!!

I will continue to study and ask questions and learn as I go down this path of the chicken mom and all it entails and I’m only in it for the eggs and fun exciting times plus the  work that comes with and not to mention it keeps me more active!

Here is some pictures of the chickens new home.

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I will tell you the coop was revamped from  a tea -house then a shed and now the coop!

My son built the gate out of wood he salvaged from the flood in the river along with the metal on the bottom edge of coop and my other son and us built the inside boxes and ramp for the chickens also this past week I put the linoleum on the floor and painted the outside along with some touches and chicken wire along the bottom edge of fence run plus I made to roost areas out on the run so all in all I have had a lot of fun doing work daily and preparing for these little ones and don’t regret  a bit of it!  The Coop Is Done

So if you ever think about getting chickens I hope I inspired you and gave you a little of what to prepare for and any ideas.  Am I crazy?  Yes a little, crazy about animals and would have more if I could so I do what I can on this little urban homestead and love every minute of it a day long time coming and finally here was a success and a dream come true!

So You Want To Be A Chicken Moma

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Spring Time and New Chicks Hatching

My first little chick hatched today! Are we ready?

A cute little black one with more hatching over the next several days. Can I say I’m excite and a little nervous YES!

So much to do and get ready feed, water, bedding, heat lamp, and container to house them in until their ready to go outside to coop. Do you have baby chicks?

It’s my first time on this Urban Homestead so I have done a lot of reading and studying to prepare myself and hope that will guide me down the chicken path with success!

I first introduced the chick to water several time but the chick did not drink so I will keep working on that every hour or so don’t want the little guy to dehydrate! The baby seems warm and comfortable for now so until next time and next chick we’ll keep clucking on!

So You Want To Be A Chicken Moma

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So You Want To Be A Chicken Moma

Are you ready? Have your supplies? Did you study up?

 

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Theirs a lot to think about when it come to chickens , Believe me I’m learning fast!

I’m that new chicken mom readying , reading and asking a lot of questions!

First of all decide where are you getting your chicks? Ordering chicks, hatching some yourself or getting older chickens.

Then where are they going to live? Do you have a coop already or are you building one or buying a kit OR Revamping one ?

 

The Coop Is Done

So now we have to decide what kind of chickens we want ; Laying Hens or Meat chickens, But for me it’s going to be Laying Hens plus they are a good first animal for your new homestead and if you’re an Urban Homesteader that’s about all you can have!

Things to buy before you have those babies are a must and if your new to this adventure as I’m then I will tell you it’s a whole different world unlike dogs, Cats, and such! I’ve never seen so much Chicken stuff in my life! I was in heaven! food, toys, water- containers , feeders, vitamins, worm meal, aprons, boots, signs and much more! Chickens have become a big Trend! Makes me wonder what animal is next? But that’s ok with me I Love animals and I would have more on this urban homestead if I could!

Did you know chickens are attracted to red and when their peeps the red feeders and water containers great for the little ones and don’t forget to show a few how to drink by sticking their beaks into the water bowl and the rest will follow.

It’s a good idea to purchase some electrolytes to add in their water if you notice their getting sick or preventive care my friend has some good info for that!

Don’t forget their feed starting out , they need Chick feed with the vitamins and Antibiotics this will help give them a good start in life. Now you can’t let the babies loose yet you have to keep them in a warm safe environment until their old enough to be out in the coop on their own, So think of them as toddlers and watch over those peeps and protect them! After all your their mommy now!

That brings us to a container and heat lamp for warmth and containment. Some use totes, wood boxes, empty swimming pools but just remember keep them safe and where you can check on them frequently!

 

Oh and they do pee and poop so you will want to put some straw, shaved wood chips or such in the bottom of their containers plus it will add to their warmth. You will have to change it occasionally but you got this! After all you’re the mom the head clucker of the coop! Speaking of poop theirs this thing they may get that’s called “Pastey Butt” on their little rectum that gets crusty like with poop and you will need to wash it off gently or they can’t 💩 another mom job!

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It’s a good idea to also purchase chicken powder for lice and such to have on hand along with bedding, feed, scratch and some grit. A big must is to protect them from predators with fencing and netting plus around the coop where smaller predators can dig under if your coop sits on the ground or low to ground a good idea is put metal up against the coop or chicken wire.

So what kind of chickens do you want?? With over 200 varieties theirs a lot to think about huh!

You Should include your climate, egg production, and breed temperaments. You can combine all breeds they will eventually establish a pecking order.

Did you know Hens can produce eggs without a Rooster?? You only need a Rooster if your hatching your own eggs!

Daily Cares:

Check their water and clean /refill as needed: Keep it clean a lot of straw, poop and shavings can mess it up. Use soap and water and a little bleach to sanitize them.

Feed Chickens: You can schedule feed them or Free feed them with a large feeder.

Collect Eggs: Check daily it minimizes cracks and keeps the eggs cleaner. Check twice a day will keep them clean and prevent them from eating them also. Keep their nesting boxes clean and change out monthly.

Watch and Observe them: Spend time with your chicks to check on their health such as bright eyes, active, smooth feathers and not being picked at from other chicks.

Every six Months: Clean and sanitize coop. Wash it down with one part bleach to 10 part water plus adding diatomaceous earth (DE) in the coop will cut down on mites and keep those hens healthier. (safe for them to eat).

Don’t forget Winter prepare for that also! Heaters for water, light to keep the hens laying and a place to roost.

So there are a few basics for you to get started or maybe excite your interest in chickens and there is always books and internet to gain more knowledge plus I will be keeping you posted once my babies get here!

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The Coop Is Done

Been a long time coming, But I’m finally getting my chickens!

Today was the day!   My son and I with a little help from hubby turned my old Tea House into a chicken coop!  It was a lot of work and fun at the same time.  The day before I began taking things out, pulling nails, moving mowers, chairs, and such to prepare for today.   We started with the support boards then built the boxes (6) and then cross support under the boxes to have better space for clean up.  It’s a good things to think ahead how to make it easier for you when it comes to the cares and cleaning.  Lord knows there will lots of clean, sweeping and washing!!  I also have a little screened window on the north and south side of coop with a lowered shutter to lock closed, So that will be good air ventilation in the hot summer months.

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Chicken Coop Boxes

We also re-enforced the corners of the inside building and will be putting up some safe insulation between the rafters later.  Electricity will be coming next week along with the fencing for run and protection.  This chicken lady is so excited!!  Its been a long time coming and yes I know there is a-lot of work involved but the fact that its one more thing I can do towards self-sustaining our home then I feel it’s just fine. Theirs not a lot I can have as an urban homesteader or I would have goats and a milk cow too!

Hey its a start and along with my new garden boxes and plants the area is going to be a beautiful place for my( Lady’s) chickens to live.  I’m still learning about them and will continue to learn as I go.

My son did a nasty thing today when we were all done and son was loading up he had me come back to the coop and said look in here mom ” Your first chicken”.  That nut had brought a dead chicken and laid it on top the nesting box!!  I was shocked and somewhat amused at the same time,  Of course he grabbed it and rebadged it to take back to his farm!   Geezzz  Boys!!!  I won’t post that picture!

Well it was a good day and more to follow along with some hard work, But at least I’m getting there and also getting my exercise in!

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All in all I accomplished my goal with the help of family and hard work.  The coop is done all but a few details  AND the eggs will be in the incubator this weekend and the count down begins!!!

This CHICKEN MOMMA IS EXCITED AND HAPPY TO GROW OUR URBAN HOMESTEAD!♥