The primary reason for keeping chickens varies from household to household. But for most, keeping a few backyard hens for a daily supply of fresh eggs is preferred over raising meat birds.
Maybe you’re looking for pest & weed control, or want your very own fertilizer machine for your garden. Whatever your reason, we are here to help you raise a happy healthy flock from brooder to coop, and beyond.
FAQ’s • Informative Reading • Coops & Set-up Ideas
If you keep chickens then you know how important privacy is to our precious ladies. Keeping them happy with a suitable place to lay eggs means you’ll find them in the same place every day. I understand this theory, and do indeed offer them privacy… but my idea of privacy consists of a piece of burlap and a staple gun. Ugh.
But, look what I found! Louise’s Country Closet has come up with a much better idea for our ladies, and I have a feeling I’m not the only one taken by this expression of chicken love.
- Awww, How cute is that?
Making Nest Box Curtains
by Louise’s Country Closet
Having a plain coop is boring. I’ve made it my mission this year to dress it up a little bit for the girls.. give them and us something nice to look at… Read Article.
My Pet Chicken Corners the Market by Sexing Chicks, and the 15 Chick Minimum.
Anybody who has ever tried to buy sexed bantams found out quickly they’re almost always sold as a straight run, or not sexed. Almost always, meaning every hatchery I know of, except My Pet Chicken. Nobody seems to know how they do it, and I don’t know if in fact their accuracy rate is even commendable, but I’m going to find out soon. For the first time I was able to order less than the normal 15 chick minimum, and they’re sexed. That’s right, the minimum order of shipped chicks from My Pet Chicken (in most cases) is only three. Of course I paid a $premium$ for my sexed Silkie Bantam day old chicks, but it seemed worth it. If it is to you too, visit My Pet Chicken for all the details.
When ordering my chicks I did take into consideration the margin of error associated with sexing, and of course, the shipping survival rate. I’ll have more Silkies than I want, if they all survive, and are pullets, two will be re-homed.
The brooder is ready and waiting for my new arrivals. It is averaging 100 degrees in the day, and 85 at night in the outbuilding where they will be living for the next 4 weeks. It should be quite easy to maintain a suitable living environment through the month of September. There is a window for natural light, air circulation, plumbing, electric, and lots of space for me to work play in.
Brooder Out Building
The chicks will be moved to the coop between 4 and 5 weeks old, they will fair well in the mild temps of October until they are fully feathered at age 6-8 weeks. Sometime between now and then I’ll have the coop ready… not exactly chick worthy in it’s current state, but I’ll save that train wreck for another post.
♥ Five bearded & non bearded black Silkie Bantam chicks are expected to ship, Sept. 10th!