Category Archives: Backyard Chickens

Building a Chicken Coop: Part 4

**This is part 4 of a 4 part series.  Start at Part 1, or catch up with Part 2 and Part 3** It has taken me a long time to come back and finish this series, but here it is! Part 4 will include what finishes we added to the coop and what we learned. […]

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Fresh Eggs Come in All Sizes

We are always excited to see what we get when we look for eggs. They come in all kinds of shapes, sizes, and colors. We have gotten several double yolk eggs, but today we got the tiniest egg ever. When I put on the scale, it didn’t even register. (Compare this to Pearls eggs that […]

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Whoopi: Our Golden Polish

Whoopi Goldbird, our golden polish, was part of the second order of chickens we placed.  With our first order, we paid for an egg laying variety and they send whatever they have available at that time.  The second time we ordered chickens, we selected the breeds ourselves.  Ryan HAD to have some top hat chickens. […]

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Pearl: Our White Leghorn

Right now we have 18 chickens that are taking over my garage until the weather gets nicer and we can get them a real coop!  They are loving the warmer weather though and are laying eggs like crazy.  I have been trying to catch a peek at who is laying what since they are right […]

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Temporary Chicken Housing

We have moved about 30 minutes away from our first home. The new place doesn’t have a chicken coop, so we needed to set up something temporary. For a few weeks we left them in their coop and visited to feed and water them every other day. While not ideal, it worked out for a […]

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Chicken Run Door

Last fall we built a chicken run attached to our chicken coop.  Unfortunately, we didn’t have enough time before the snow got too deep to add our door.  Ryan ended up crawling through our chicken door to get into the run to shovel during the winter months.   Keep in mind that door is 12″x12″. […]

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Chicken Tractor Modification

When we initially built the $40 Chicken Coop in May of last year, we thought about putting wheels on it to help with moving it around the yard.  Like most projects we get into, however, we were racing to get the coop built before our meat birds were ready to go outside and just didn’t have […]

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Baby Chicken Update

We have been so busy with our new addition that I haven’t been able to update the blog about our new chickens!  We have 25 meat birds and 10 new layers.  We ordered a wide variety of egg layers this time and you can read about their breeds here.   Our meat birds are now […]

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Transporting Chickens

Since we live in a small town and have a baby on the way, we thought it would be best if we didn’t have a rooster.  When we ordered our 15 egg layers from McMurray Hatchery, they threw in a free rare breed chick.  They don’t guarantee male or female with that free chick.  We […]

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Spring Chicks

When we built our coop, we built it to fit 20-24 birds.  The run is built for a few more than that.  We also have the opportunity to free range the chickens in the evening.  They do a great job staying in the yard, with a little help from our blue heelers. Ryan probably never […]

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