March is the official start of chicken season and I am beyond excited. I adore chickens and can’t wait to make them a part of my homestead again. Neil has never raised chickens before and it is going to be so fun to start this journey with him.
We have a corner of our homestead picked out for the Chicken Palace. There is some brush that needs to be cleared, but we should be able to get that done this weekend.
Chicken coops are extremely expensive and can range from $500 to $2000. I found a local company who does a rent to own chicken coop purchase plan and decided to go with that option so we didn’t have to come up with as much money initially. This is a fantastic business idea because keeping backyard chickens has become popular in recent years and most people are discouraged when they learn how much coops cost. I am paying around $30 a month for a fantastic coop that I normally wouldn’t be able to afford.
The company delivers and sets up the coop for $10 which is well worth it-chicken coops are super heavy and take quite a few people to move one. They said it should be delivered within a few weeks. What do you think?
And the inside:
I have never had good luck with the pre-fab roosts. All of my chickens have preferred a rounded, natural branch roost so I will likely have to replace the ones that come with this coop.
Neil and I are wanting a few specialty breeds, purely for our entertainment. I mean how can you not smile when you look at this?
(Thank you Google Images!)
I have been in contact with two local hatcheries that sex (determining the gender when chicks are first born-as opposed to “straight run” which mean you won’t find out if they are a rooster or a hen until you get an egg or a cock a doodle do!), but both have not so great people skills. Let’s hope that just means they are really good at raising quality birds!
In the next few weeks, Neil and I will make the trip to go pick out our fabulous flock.
Do you have any chicken plans for this spring? I would love to hear about them!
Until next time…