The joys of keeping chickens in a small urban backyard…
You don’t get popular when talking about your chickens with your friends. It’s sort of one step right below being a cat-lady. My peeps are funny, friendly little ladies though, and having them has been great fun together with my kids.
How to keep chickens in a suburban backyard and still get along with the neighbors? Stealth, as quiet-as-possible, backyard chickens, that’s the answer. Excessive squawkers must move up the hill to our friend’s farm. Chris, we’re happy to have you!
We keep our little clan of semi secret peeps on the side of our house. They are really interesting little girls. Very sweet and come running right up as soon as they see us if loose outside. In most regular conversations, chicken keeping topics have proved not to be too fashionable. It’s mostly regarded a bit weird, possibly half crazy to have them as pets. For the boys and I, it has just been a blast raising these chickens, learning all about them, and eating their eggs.
They deserve their own “Spring Chicken Special” here at Dressage On A Dime.
Here is our story:
They’re easy to care for, really, but difficult at the same time. Do it wrong and everything will become a filthy, noisy mess. Do it right, and you will have a cute set-up with a few happy and tame hens that lay their eggs where you want them, put themselves to sleep at night, and come when you call them.
That’s what ours do.
Their set-up could be cuter. Tools are not my specialty, so we’re stuck with what we’ve got for now.
Would love to have a really nicely built pen of course. Our pen and all the stuff around it has taken a beating from the weather in just one year. A beautiful wood pen is on the wish list, but it’s not going to happen…
The queen of all chicken keeping is the “The Chicken Chick”. You wonder, how interesting can it be, really, but she’s got a wonderful and very active blog, Chicken Resources Directory, Facebook page – you name it, she’s there, and she has the answers to just about any chicken dilemma.
Did a lot of reading on her site when we started out, and she’s the reason we’re doing sand in both the run and the coop, and have a separate “broody breaker”, among many other things. The Chicken Chick is the best.
Come back soon for just one more chicken post. I’ll share (or torture you, depending on how you see it) some lessons we learned through it all. Just if you’re considering doing this, too.
“Horses frighten me as much as chickens do,’ he said. ‘That is too bad, because lack of communication with horses has impeded human progress,’ said Abrenuncio. ‘If we ever broke down the barriers, we could produce the centaur.” ― Gabriel García Márquez