Raising Backyard Chickens – Baby Chicks

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I sent The Girl to the feed store for a 50 pound bag of chicken feed. She came back with the feed alright, but she also came home with a 50 pound bag of chick starter, and a heating lamp.  Oh, and 6 baby chicks. What a stinker!

She was very upset over the recent loss of our chickens, and had made up her mind that it was a result of the boys not closing the gate early enough while we were out of town for 7 days.

And although I suspect that may have been the case, I said nothing to her about it.

Needless to say the Handsome Husband is going to flip out when he gets home, as the new baby chicks are currently residing in his parking space in the garage.

Row 1 – Pablo and Picasso  {Silver Laced Wyandotte Chickens}

Row 2 – Maroon and 5 {Rhode Island Red Chickens}

Row 3 – Fatty and Peter {Australorp and Ameraucana Chickens}

* The chickens were named by The Girl and The Boy Scout.

Even though there arrival was a bit unexpected, I couldn’t be happier.  The outside coop is now secured and we are looking forward to introducing the baby chicks to the hens once they get a little bigger.

Wahoo!  We have babies again!

If you would like to learn more about raising chickens, check out The Joy of Keeping Chickens: The Ultimate Guide to Raising Poultry for Fun or Profit By Jennifer Megyesi. Amazon currently has it on sale for $10.17 and it is a great resource to have.

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Raising Backyard Chickens – A Raccoon Ate Our Chickens. Now What?

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Well, unfortunately there were some casualties while we were away.

A record number of casualties to be exact.

According to the Handsome Husband, White Fatty was killed by Ricky {the evil} Raccoon on the first night we were gone.  He didn’t have the heart to tell us while were we away, so he waited until we got back.  Monkey Boy buried her.


As The Girl and I were walking towards the backyard, we began to notice a few more chickens were missing as well. Crazy Fat, Blondie and Buffy were gone too.

Within about a 2 week period, we have lost 5 chickens {Peanut went MIA 2 weeks ago}.

40% of our flock.

Now I know these things happen from time to time, but still, 5 chickens in 2 weeks?  Not cool.

Not cool at all.

The strange thing about all of this, is out of the 5 chickens we lost, only 1 of their bodies has been discovered.  Which is unusual for Ricky the Raccoon.  It almost makes me wonder if he has a buddy, or a partner in crime helping him.

I suppose it doesn’t really matter.  It won’t bring our sweet little chickens home.  But I’ll tell you one thing, we are headed to the hardware store this afternoon to buy some more bird netting.  This time we are going to put a double layer on the top of the entire chicken yard.  If that doesn’t work, well, I guess we will have to add chicken wire to the top or something.

Anyway you slice it.  Raccoons suck!

~Mavis

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As The Coop Turns – Help! My Chicken is Missing

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Peanut the chicken is missing.  This is very sad.  Peanut is by far my favorite chicken of this years flock.  She loves me.  Every time I walk out to the coop, once she sees me, she comes running over to the gate, sits down, and waits for me to pick her up.

And now she has gone missing.  All I know is this: She was there yesterday morning when I fed the chickens their morning snack.  When I went out later to work in the garden, she was gone. Which was not unusual, as she has taken to escaping every few days or so for a few hours at a time.

She’s a bit of an escape artist that one.  But she’s so lovable, and cute, so I don’t mind.

But this time is different.

In the past, all I’ve had to do was call her name and she would pop out of the bushes and come running towards me.  I’d pick her up, talk to her, and put her back.  End of story.

But she didn’t come home last night, and now I am very, very sad.  I want my chicken back!

:( Mavis

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Raising Backyard Chickens – Buff the Wayward Chicken Update

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Do you remember me telling you 10 days ago about my neighbor Girly Girl, giving back Buff the annoying wayward chticken? Well, after a tough week of Black Fatty chasing her around and pecking at her every 10 minutes, Buff has finally been accepted back into the flock.

When she first came back, no one wanted to hang around her.  At all.  It was kind of sad, and I thought for sure we were going to have to get rid of her.

But then she got lucky.  Black Fatty went broody about 3 days ago and there hasn’t been any trouble since.  And since chickens tend to sit on their “eggs” for about 30 days or so, we should be able to enjoy some peace and quite around here for a bit.

Let’s just hope that when Black Fatty decides to get off the nest, she will forget about how much she doesn’t like Buff.

So what do you think?  Has this ever happened to you?  Do you think Black Fatty will forget all about it?

 

Looking for a book on how to keep chickens out of your yard?  Check out Free-Range Chicken Gardens: How to Create a Beautiful, Chicken-Friendly Yard.  It’s full of great ideas and Amazon has it on sale right now for $12.01

 

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Raising Backyard Chickens: How to Get Rid of Nuisance Chickens # 572

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Yesterday, while I was at the dentist getting some work done on my crappy British teeth, I received a text message from my neighbor Girly Girl.

Girly Girl- Okay you seriously need to take Buff back.  I’m ready to kill it.

Mavis- Why?

Girly Girl- It’s awful. It won’t shut up!  It sounds like a child yelling.

Mavis- It’s all in your head.

Girly Girl- Chino put the chickens out early too.  Like at 8 – 8:30 am.

Mavis- Chickens are supposed to go outside at day break you dummy.  That’s the problem.  Just put her out early tomorrow.

Girly Girl- I’m listening to her right now.  When can The Girl come and get her?  Or should I just push it down the hill?

Mavis- Stop being so dramatic.  Maybe Buff is dehydrated.  Just give her some water or something.

Girly Girl- I knew you gave us the defective chickens.  Come get her!

So this morning, at the crack of freakin’ dawn, we had to go retrieve Buff the Wayward chicken.

Dang!  I was so close to getting rid of that pesky chicken!

So hey, does anyone want an egg layer?  She eats bugs and is really good with kids.

More Buff the Wayward Chicken stories

Buff the wayward chicken gets clipped…

The egg hunt…

Peace and Quiet at Last

The Pecking Order

Update: Buff The Wayward Chicken…

How to Grow Your Own Food: Mavis Plants Onions In The Garden, Again

If you would like to learn more about raising chickens and all the fun and excitement it brings… Check out The Joy of Keeping Chickens: The Ultimate Guide to Raising Poultry for Fun or Profit By Jennifer Megyesi.  Amazon currently has it on sale for $11.15.

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How to Get Free Food Week # 11 – Reclaimed Food Show and Tell

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This week was absolutely crazy in the reclaimed food department.  ABSOLUTELY CRAZY.  I was so caught up in trying to figure out how I was going to use/distribute 15 watermelon halves that I forgot to take a picture of everything we salvaged.

In the end The Girl and I were able to save -

  • 15 watermelon halves
  • 5 papaya halves
  • 3 honey dew halves
  • 2 cantaloupe halves
  • 2 pineapple halves
  • a boatload of strawberries
  • 3 green peppers
  • 2 pears
  • a whole lot of chicken scraps

It seems like my neighbor Girly Girl, is always entertaining on the weekends, so I gave her a ring.

“Hey Girly Girl, I have a bunch of free melon, do you want some?”

“Do I want to know where it came from?”

“No.”

“Alright, leave it on the porch and I’ll have Chino grab it as soon as we get home.  We are at Costco right now buying food for the Little Man’s birthday party.”

“What?  Well whatever you do, don’t buy any fruit.”

So then The Girl and I packed up 2 banana boxes, and drove over to Girly Girls house.  We dropped off a box of fruit on her porch, and then went around back and fed her chickens the contents of the second box.

When we got back home, we stuffed our refrigerator with melon, and brought all the extra fruit down to our chickens.

And then proceeded to steal their eggs.

Life is good.  Free melon and fresh eggs.  Does it get any better than this?

To see what else I’ve brought home over the past few months? Check out the stories below.

Elizabeth Karmel’s 13-inch Porcelain Egg Crate, 12-Egg Capacity ~ $14.99 Amazon

 

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Bartering with Mavis – How to Barter For Food

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Yesterday, my friend Heather dropped by with her two kids.  Heather and her husband are in the process of building an urban chicken coop, and when she asked me last week where she could find some chickens, I offered to barter with her.

I ended up trading her 3 of our chickens, for $30 in Oroweat Bakery Outlet certificates.

30 loaves of bread for 3 chickens?  Heck Ya I’ll take that barter!

Even though our freezer is currently full of bread, the certificates she traded me are good until the end of the year.  So if I play our cards right, between the bread we picked up last week and the new certificates, we should be good in the bread category for the next six months.

Now of course you know The Girl Who Thinks She’s a Bird wasn’t going to let go of any of her birds unless she was assured of getting more, right? So this morning we trekked on down to the Garden Sphere in Tacoma, and pick up 3 new chickens.

We have had such luck introducing chickens {of all shapes and ages} into our flock this year, that we decided to go ahead and let them in with the older birds and bantams.  So far so good.  Black Fatty has taken quite a liking to the little ones.

I’m beginning to think I should have named The Girl Who Thinks She’s a Bird, The Chicken Whisperer.  I’m not sure what she tells them, but man she’s good.

Galvanized Hanging Poultry Feeder ~ Amazon $19.99

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Raising Backyard Chickens – A New Chicken Yard For The Hens

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Monkey Boy and The Girl Who Thinks She’s a Bird were rather busy this past weekend.  First on the summer project list was to build a new chicken yard for our backyard flock.

Ricky the Raccoon had made 3 appearances over the previous 2 days and so we knew he was casing the joint for his next meal.  Knowing how much The Girl loves each and everyone of her birds, we decided to beef up security lickety split.

This meant a late night trip to my 3rd favorite store in the world, The Home Depot.

The boys picked up fence posts, caps, cement, horse wire, specialty nails and  hauled them home.

The next day, Monkey Boy started digging the holes for the posts {please note the bulging muscles as he begged me to snap a photo}.  He was able to get all the holes dug but 1, so The Girl had to finish it for him.  Then, the kids hauled all the cement and posts to the backyard, mixed the concrete, and set the posts.

Then, on Saturday, while The Girl Who Thinks She’s a Bird and I were attending the Tacoma Urban Chicken Coop Tour, the boys wrapped the wire around the posts and nailed it in to place.  And on Sunday, they built a gate.  We have a gate!  We have never had a gate before so this is HUGE.

All that’s left for Monkey Boy to do now is to landscape around the chicken yard, stain the posts, {and the part of the fence the HH had to rebuild} and then he can mark this project off his summer to do list.

How do they chickens feel about their new digs?  They love it.

Good job Monkey Boy!

~ If you are looking for a little chicken coop bling, head on over to Amazon.com, they’ll got a bunch of goodies in stock and ready to ship.

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Tacoma Urban Chicken Coop Tour 2012 – Unique Chicken Coop w/ Living Roof

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Yesterday, The Girl Who Thinks She’s a Bird and I attended the Tacoma Urban Chicken Coop Tour.  There were 10 different coops located on the map we were given, and we ended up visiting 5 of them.  The artfully designed chicken coop with the living roof you see above, totally stole the show.

The owner was not only pleasant, but she really seemed to enjoy telling everyone about how each design element was chosen.  One of my favorite parts was the mini raised garden bed over the walkway that connected the chicken run to the chicken coop.  The owner said she was growing the cabbage for her hens.

Behind the sliding barn door there was a 2 story roosting section, perfect for rainy days and cold weather.  Also hidden inside were nesting boxes with a privacy curtain {made of cotton fabric that was printed with an egg pattern}.

The attention to detail was amazing.  Check out the simple, yet very stylish, egg collection doors.

 

People were lingering around this coop longer than any other one we visited on the tour, chatting with fellow tour goers, snapping numerous  photos and admiring the scenery. And with good reason.  This coop rocked.

If the owners would have had a few patio tables set out and a barbeque going, I think they could have made some serious money yesterday.  People just didn’t want to leave. I know I didn’t. Everything was so perfect.

- If you live in the Seattle area, the Seattle Tilth is hosting a Chicken Coop & Urban Farm Tour on Saturday, July 14th from 10am-4pm.  I attended this tour 2 years ago and was able to glean a ton of ideas from it, and if time allows The Girl and I will be going again this year as well.

Who rasing chickens could be so much fun?

If you are thinking about getting a flock of your own, check out the book Homemade Living: Keeping Chickens with Ashley English: All You Need to Know to Care for a Happy, Healthy Flock.  Amazon currently has the book on sale for $12.16.

*Amazon prices can change at anytime.

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Build Your Own Chicken Coop – Heidi’s Chicken Coop

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One Hundred Dollars a Month reader Heidi wanted to share her new chicken coop SHE BUILT HERSELF {okay, so maybe she had a little help}.  Holy Chicken Scratch Heidi, your coop looks better than mine!  Wanna trade? Seriously, you did an amazing job.  Well done!

Here is Heidi’s story…

Last Sunday (Fathers Day) we moved our 10 – 4 week old chickens into their new coop. I found a plan on Etsy.com and then modified it to fit our needs best. It took a week or so and lots of sweat but no tears! Waaaa Laaaaa! A beautiful new coop. Next I’m going to add some cute vintage signs to the outside. Ya know, Fresh Eggs or Lil Red Hen House.

I built about 90% of this myself. Ordered the wood package, cut the pieces, pre-painted before assembly and assembled as much as I physically could without help. It cost about $400 to build. The coop measures 4 x 6 x 4. Next I’m going to add a pulley system to raise the roof more easily without fear of decapitation.

*If you have a garden, a chicken coop or anything else super exciting {no rats in rat traps please}  and would like to be featured here on onehundreddollarsamonth.com, then send in your photos to onehundredollarsamonth {at} gmail.com, along with a brief description of your pictures and I will try and get them posted.

Art of the Chicken Coop: A Fun and Essential Guide to Housing Your Peeps ~ Amazon $13.57

Keeping chickens—even for city dwellers is a trend that just keeps on growing. With this book, today’s modern farmer will find plans and construction techniques for making seven different chicken coops, fun chicken facts, and recipes for eggs.

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