Chicken Farming, Six Months In

Okay, we’re six-months in to being chicken farmers and I’m not sure what to think.

So far our coop is holding up nicely and defending well against almost nightly visits from raccoons. From catching them on the coop-cam to seeing their muddy paws all over our white trim, they are a bit of a nuisance, but I think they’ll eventually get discouraged and stop coming around, or they’ll eat a 22LR. One of two.

If you don’t know so already, chickens aren’t the brightest birds around. And they do like to crap on everything. We do let them out multiple times a week for a couple hours at a time to discover and cruise the yard. They’ve discoverd the ditch, the woods, our garage and have even made it to Keba’s yard one time. They scratch at everything and make a mess of our mulch beds every single time out since one of their favorite hobbies is dust bathing.

We’re getting about 4-5 eggs per day and do sell a dozen here and there, and I think I’ve calculated we’ll have the chicken coop paid for in about 37 years.

Jean is definitely becoming the chicken lady to be talked about for years to come. With lengthy conversations, cuddling and lots of time with here “girls”, she’s found a hobby for sure. We’ll see how fun this hobby is in mid-January when she’s dredging through the snow to refill food and water on a Saturday morning, while I’m comfy cozy in my pajamas.