Chicken seems like an excellent way to start any simple hobby farm… Right?
We have had chickens for as long as we have had a place for them to run!
Getting started is easy. Buy some chicks. Keep them in the house under a light until the weather and their size are compatible.
The Kids love and hold them and are eager to help initially. However, all things seem like a good idea in the beginning.
12 to 20 chickens is a good amount until, well, it isn’t anymore.
Buying a few more chickens to ensure you have enough for your growing family to have plenty of eggs is prudent.
But it didn’t stop there; 80 chickens later, I might now be classified as obsessed! I have a serious love affair with my chickens. I can’t seem to help myself. I love watching them and checking on them to ensure they have everything they need. I bring them treats of mealworms, and I enjoy seeing how excited they get to them.
I love helping Mckenna collect the eggs, praising the ‘girls’ for their hard work, and laying all the pretty colored eggs. At times, I pity them. We have some rather large eggs in the nest, which must be uncomfortable. I naturally gave birth to a 9-pound baby at home, so I understand big babies!!
Chickens have great personalities. If you are having a bad day, sit in the coop for 20 minutes, and I promise it will make you smile. My children tease me whenever I go into the coop and hear me talking to them, saying, “Hello, how are you, and how are my ‘kids’ doing today?”
I will never grow to be a crazy old cat lady, but I am sure I will still be crazy about my chickens.