Seattle Chicken Coop and Urban Farm Tour

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Seattle Chicken Coop and Urban Farm Tour

Yesterday the Girl Who Thinks She’s a Bird and I headed out early to check out the Seattle Chicken Coop and Urban Farm Tour.  There were so many coops and gardens to see it was crazy fun!

black australorp chicken

To be honest, I don’t think I have ever seen so many pampered chickens before in my life. Not only were these hens happy, but quite a few of them were wanting to be held and petted too.

Seattle Chicken Coop and Urban Farm Tour

The chicken coops on the Seattle chicken coop tour were a cool mix of recycled urban hipsters coops, to full out designer chicken coops {although we didn’t find the $100,00 chicken coop anywhere!}.

garden boxes

And there were gardens, lots and lots of gardens. Everything from raised garden boxes to mini farms.

caged doves

One house we stopped by even had doves.

rain barrel water system

We also noticed rain barrels were pretty popular as well.

Seattle Chicken Coop and Urban Farm Tour

Here’s another coop. I think this one might have been my favorite. 

Seattle Chicken Coop and Urban Farm Tour

Even though these people had 8 hens, the birds had oodles of room. The chickens could roost in the 2 story part of the coop, hang out in the covered area, or go sun themselves and take dirt baths in the uncovered sunny front part of the coop.

Seattle Chicken Coop and Urban Farm Tour

Look to the bottom left of this picture, you’ll see a sun shade. Can you imagine? How cute is that?

carrot in dirt

I don’t know though, if I was one of those pampered chickens living the good life in suburbia, I might just spend my days scheming up way to dig under the pen to escape to the garden to gobble up all the vegetables while the owners were sleeping. ;)

The Seattle Urban Chicken Coop and Urban Farm Tour was cool. I’m glad we went!

~Mavis

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Seattle Chicken Coop and Urban Farm Tour + Tacoma Urban Chicken Coop Tour 2013

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If you live in the Seattle or Tacoma area and LOVE chickens and gardens, then you’ll want to stop by either the Seattle Chicken Coop & Urban Farm Tour or the Tacoma Urban Chicken Coop Tour this coming Saturday, July 13th between 10 am – 4 pm.

pablo picasso

The Girl Who Thinks She’s a Bird and I have been touring local farms and chicken coops since 2009 and every year we have a blast seeing all the creative and unique designs people come up with. We have already purchased our tickets for this years events and plan on taking oodles of photos for all of you that cannot make it.

Both tours are self guided so you can go at your own pace {my favorite part}. We typically pack a cooler and make a day of it {yes, we are super nerdy like that!} ;)

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Seattle Tilth’s Chicken Coop & Urban Farm Tour

Individuals = $12

Seattle Tilth members or bicyclists = $10
Youth {ages 4-15} = $5
Groups/Family {3-6 people} = $35
Groups/Family, Seattle Tilth members or group of bicyclists = $30
Ages 3 and under = Free

Read about my trip to the Seattle Tilth Plant Sale earlier this spring.

Tacoma Urban Chicken Coop Tour 2012

The Tacoma Urban Chicken Coop Tour 

When: Saturday, July 13, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Tickets are $5 each {kids 12 & under are free}.

This year there are 8 coops on the tour {3 repeats from last year, but they are some of our favorites}.  The tour is self guided and a great family outing.

See my favorite Chicken Coop from the Tacoma Urban Chicken Coop Tour last year.

backyard chickens

If you are in the area and you have some extra time this Saturday, GO! You won’t be disappointed.

~Mavis

 

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Mavis Mail – Gorgeous Chicken Coop From Laramie, Wyoming

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Wow! Check out this gorgeous chicken coop and story reader Valerie from Laramie, Wyoming sent in:

“I started following your blog after my hairstylist recommended it to me when I told her that I was the new owner of ten chickens.  My husband and I have been throwing the idea around of getting some chickens for almost a year now, as we have never owned chickens and live in Wyoming we did a few months of research to see what types will work best in long cold winters and settled on the Wyandotte.  In the city we are allowed to have up to 12 animals, with the two dogs, that leaves us with the ten chickens, other regulations is that you cannot have a rooster or have the coop right on your property line.  So if you live in the city and want to have chickens check with your local municipality to see what you can do.

backyard chickens

This spring we purchased six Wyandottes and one Rock Partridge.  They lived in our garage for a few weeks until my husband came home with ‘The three reds’ to add to the flock. Thus began our need for a coop, we researched online and melded one we found with our own design and came up with this.  The Coop DeVille…

chicken coop double barn doors

We used mostly new material and some reclaimed wood for the structure.  We chose not to insulate the structure but have two layers of plywood, one outside and one inside, then fence material on the outside for siding.  Barn wood trims out the doors, window and nesting box lid/roof.  They are able to freely run under the coop with out worry of getting picked up by predators.  Occasionally they are able to run around the backyard with supervision.  The goal of our endeavor is egg collection and 4-H projects for our two boys.  Wyandottes are great egg layers, tolerate cold and confinement well.

Our double barn doors for easy cleaning under the roosting poles.  The doors also have a double layer of plywood, for our long cold winters here.

chicken coop

Inside the coop, two roosting poles for them.  It took them quite a while to figure out how to get up and stay on them.

chicken coop nesting boxes

Three nesting boxes, they are raised up on our retaining wall for easy access to the eggs in the winter.
silver laced Wyandottes

Hannah, on the ramp for ‘The Girls’ to get inside.

They have been interesting to watch grow up and have developed their own personalities.  They love their fruit and veggie scraps and love to get out and spread their wings and munch on some grass.”

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A big THANK YOU to everyone who has sent in their photographs and stories. I hope by sharing other peoples pictures and stories here on One Hundred Dollars a Month we can all have a rock star garden this summer. Keep them coming!

If you would like to have your garden, chicken coop or something you’ve made featured on One Hundred Dollars a Month, here’s what I’m looking for:

  • Your Garden Pictures and Tips – I’d especially like to see your garden set ups, growing areas, and know if you are starting seeds indoors this year. If so,  show me some picture of how you are going about it.
  • Your Chicken and Chicken Related Stories – Coops, Chicks, Hen’s, Roosters, Eggs, you name it. If it clucks, send us some pictures to share with the world.
  • Cool Arts & Crafts - Made from your very own hands with detailed {and well photographed} pictures and instructions.
  • Your pictures and stories about your pets. The more pictures and details the better.
  • Garage Sale, Thrift Store and Dumpster Diving pictures and the stories behind the treasures you found including how much you paid for them.

If I feature your pictures and the stories behind them on One Hundred Dollars a Month, I will send you a $20.00 gift card to the greatest store in the world: Amazon.com.

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Mavis Mail – Destini From Port Orchard, Washington Sends in Her Chicken Coop Photos

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I don’t know about you, but I love seeing peoples garden and chicken coop photos. It’s like snooping, but with permission. ;)  Destini from Port Orchard recently sent in these photos of her awesome chicken coop and run.

Here is what she had to say:

Hey Mavis,

I had wanted chickens forever. My boyfriend always said no way. I begged and pleaded and begged some more at every chance I got. Well in February of 2012 he finally said YES!

baby chickens

The next morning I was at the feed store picking out my 5 chickies. I was so excited. We did not have a coop or any supplies. I bought what I needed for a brooder and a feeder and a heat lamp. I got the babies home and set up in my garage. I had to act quick before he changed his mind.

2 of my 5 babies did not make it. I went back and got a lone week old chick and had 4. I wanted more so 2 months later I found someone who had 2 month old chicks and bought them. I had 8. Well due to some illnesses and just a couple sudden deaths over night after we had the coop built I now have 4 adult hens.

chickens

I also have 15 babies that are 8 weeks old in a new large brooder in the garage. (my boyfriend loves chickens as much as me now.)

We built an amazing barn coop and I hope you like it. I do. I do!

red chicken coop design

Our Hens give us fresh eggs daily. I wish I had a garden like yours instead I have a single 4×8 raised bed and some gutters and a strawberry pallet. I also have potted container plants too.

Oh and the picture of the black and white (splotchy) chicken is actually my pullet that is not a pullet but a cockeral. UGH!. I guess I never should have said anything about Pablo when I thought he was a rooster. I got one too.

fancy chicken coop design

Thanks Destini for your great photos! I wish I had an enclosed run on my chicken coop like you do. And hardwoods floors? Wowza! You are spoiling your birds! ;)

~Mavis

A big THANK YOU to everyone who has sent in their photographs and stories. I hope by sharing other peoples pictures and stories here on One Hundred Dollars a Month we can all have a rock star garden this summer. Keep them coming!

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Heather’s Chicken Coop – Made from Recycled Wood Pallets!

If you would like to have your garden, chicken coop or something you’ve made featured on One Hundred Dollars a Month, here’s what I’m looking for:

  • Your Garden Pictures and Tips – I’d especially like to see your garden set ups, growing areas, and know if you are starting seeds indoors this year. If so,  show me some picture of how you are going about it.
  • Your Chicken and Chicken Related Stories – Coops, Chicks, Hen’s, Roosters, Eggs, you name it. If it clucks, send us some pictures to share with the world.
  • Cool Arts & Crafts - Made from your very own hands with detailed {and well photographed} pictures and instructions.
  • Your pictures and stories about your pets. The more pictures and details the better.
  • Garage Sale, Thrift Store and Dumpster Diving pictures and the stories behind the treasures you found including how much you paid for them.

If I feature your pictures and the stories behind them on One Hundred Dollars a Month, I will send you a $20.00 gift card to the greatest store in the world: Amazon.com.

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Laurie Sends in Pictures of Her Chicken Coop Tractor and Garden Beds

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A big THANK YOU to everyone who has sent in their photographs and stories. I hope by sharing other peoples pictures and stories here on One Hundred Dollars a Month we can all have a rock star garden this summer. Keep them coming!

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Laurie and her husband are first time gardeners {and chicken owners} from Southern Louisiana.

Here is what she had to say about their chicken coop/tractor, that thry built with an enclosed gravity feeder, and pictures of their garden boxes thry built this year as well.

raised garden beds

“Gardening has been a learning experience in patience for me. As I was happily buying up seed packets that were labeled heirloom, non-GMO, the locals were snickering at us in the store. We couldn’t figure out why? See we just moved to Louisiana from California a year ago, and I had no idea what I was getting myself into. Come to find out from our local gardening center “hero”, Manny, many of the seed packets I bought are for veggies and fruits that wont really grow too well here, our climate is too wet, and then shifts from cold to immediate HOT and burns the plants. (I think stores should NOT sell you stuff in an area they know it wont grow in!)

rasied garden beds

I was so excited to try to grow our own food! I had visions of green bean towers, and spinach clusters and huge robust tomato plants and big watermelon vines. I started all of our seedlings in the house late February, and at the end of March I transplanted our happy little seedlings into our “garden soil” filled boxes we spent all weekend building. I made sure the soil we filled with had lots of rabbit poop mixed into it, as I have read that its one of the best compost materials out there. And we waited. And waited…and waited. And still waiting for something to happen.

raised garden beds

The plants have gotten a very slight amount bigger, and my strawberry plants bloomed and put on berries. and the bell pepper plants grew tall, bloomed… but nothing? The squash plants now have big yellow blooms on them just starting. but my watermelon…has not grown. My cantaloupe? nothing. My broccoli and cauliflower? No change either. I took samples of the soil in to Manny to test. He said it was not too alkaline nor too acidic. I changed watering time from the evening to the morning.

bees in frame

We brought in our own bee hives. (my husbands latest passion hobby is “beeking” Bee Keeping) We have Queen Victoria in hive one and Queen Latihfa in hive two.

So in any case, as we learn from this endeavor, and try to figure it out, try not to laugh too much at our newbie mistakes :)

chicken coop tractor picture

Our coop came about also after trial and error, predators and floods, and crazy downpours. We have a small flock of 2 RIR, 2 Ameraucana, 2 Orpingtons, and 4 “mutt” chickens someone dumped off in a cage behind my husbands work center. When he brought those poor bedraggled youngsters home, it was apparent our little doll house coop we had would no longer suffice.

chicken coop ladder

So he built a larger, portable one that has an on board gravity feeder that will hold up to 50 lbs of layer crumble at a time. Currently, he is working on making an automatic float type waterer that will feed from a rain catch barrel on a stand, through a hose to inside the run. In any case, its a work in progress LOL.”

Laurie I think you are doing great, especially for a first time gardener. Keep up the great week!

~Mavis

2liter bottles for gardening

Heather Sends in Her Backyard Garden Photos

If you would like to have your garden, chicken coop or something you’ve made featured on One Hundred Dollars a Month, here’s what I’m looking for:

  • Your Garden Pictures and Tips – I’d especially like to see your garden set ups, growing areas, and know if you are starting seeds indoors this year. If so,  show me some picture of how you are going about it.
  • Your Chicken and Chicken Related Stories – Coops, Chicks, Hen’s, Roosters, Eggs, you name it. If it clucks, send us some pictures to share with the world.
  • Cool Arts & Crafts - Made from your very own hands with detailed {and well photographed} pictures and instructions.
  • Your pictures and stories about your pets. The more pictures and details the better.
  • Garage Sale, Thrift Store and Dumpster Diving pictures and the stories behind the treasures you found including how much you paid for them.

If I feature your pictures and the stories behind them on One Hundred Dollars a Month, I will send you a $20.00 gift card to the greatest store in the world: Amazon.com.

Go  HERE for the official rules.

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Heather’s Chicken Coop Made from Recycled Wood Pallets

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DIY Chicken coop designs recycled wood pallets

A big THANK YOU to everyone who has sent in their photographs and stories. I hope by sharing other peoples pictures and stories here on One Hundred Dollars a Month we can all have a rock star garden this summer. Keep them coming!

recycled wood pallet chicken coop

Check out this DIY chicken coop my buddy Heather from Massachusetts built ALL BY HERSELF! You go girl!

Here is what Heather had to say: 

The internet says building a chicken coop is a “weekend project”. And, well, we all know everything on the internet is true. Unless, of course; you’ve never built anything on your own – ever. And you don’t have a plan – except using free pallets. (side note: did you know that pallets are neither the same size or level, in any stretch of the imagination?) This “weekend-chicken-coop-project” took me the better part of 8 weeks.

build a chicken coop from old wood pallets

PS: Some of you may be wondering why I haven’t included my husband in this little story. Well, when type-A husband begins every sentence with “ya know you’re suppose to…” well, type-A wife (me) fires type-A husband from the project in an effort to preserve marriage. ;)

children with chickens

We have four 10 week old chickens: two Rhode Island Reds and two Black Sexlinks. Both breeds are cold weather hardy. My kids named them Agnes, Roadrunner, Gold-finger (one of the Black Sexlink has one gold finger/toe) and Runt.

wood pallet chicken coop

I began with the used windows I got from a friend and the pallets, then worked from there. I tried to use or re-use things I had around the yard or recycle as much as I could. The nesting boxes are milk crates that I’ve cut the sides out of. The roosting poles are green saplings.

Chicken coop built out of recycled wood pallets

Way more than I expected though, had to be bought. Hardware really adds nice finishing touches but is expensive. I chose metal posts for the chicken run because I didn’t want to have to re-do them when they rotted. And the wire is green 1×3″ fencing but with metal hardware wire on the bottom 12″ up the fence and 12″ flat on the ground to prevent predators from digging under the fence.

chicken coop door

Finishing touches: The cinder blocks I spray-painted a “camouflage” color making them less bright, draping plants down the side takes up the empty space next to the door and a perennial hosta plant (that the chickens think is delicious!)

If we are working around the yard we let them free range, as long as we can watch them – we call it “chick sitting”. They love going under the deck as there are spiders and tons of bugs.

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After visiting three grocery stores I found one that will let me take a box of food for the chickens! He said he gives 7 boxes a week to a local farmer but didn’t think the farmer would mind if he gave me one – yeah!

~Heather from Massachusetts

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If you would like to have your garden, chicken coop or something you’ve made featured on One Hundred Dollars a Month, here’s what I’m looking for:

  • Your Garden Pictures and Tips – I’d especially like to see your garden set ups, growing areas, and know if you are starting seeds indoors this year. If so,  show me some picture of how you are going about it.
  • Your Chicken and Chicken Related Stories – Coops, Chicks, Hen’s, Roosters, Eggs, you name it. If it clucks, send us some pictures to share with the world.
  • Cool Arts & Crafts - Made from your very own hands with detailed {and well photographed} pictures and instructions.
  • Your pictures and stories about your pets. The more pictures and details the better.
  • Garage Sale, Thrift Store and Dumpster Diving pictures and the stories behind the treasures you found including how much you paid for them.

If I feature your pictures and the stories behind them on One Hundred Dollars a Month, I will send you a $20.00 gift card to the greatest store in the world: Amazon.com.

Go  HERE for the official rules.

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Alert! Hot Deal on a Neiman Marcus Chicken Coop

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 Neiman Marcus Chicken Coop
Neiman Marcus Chicken Coop

Wow! A big thank you to One Hundred Dollars a Month reader Caroline who alerted us to this smashing deal on suburban chicken coop:

It’s priced to move fast at only $100,000!  Wow–seriously?!

It kind of makes the Agarian Line at Williams-Sonoma seem reasonable. {My favorite deal there is, of course, the 1 gallon raspberry cane for $49.99 + shipping.  Soooo hard to find good deals like this.}

What do you think, will you buying one today?

~Mavis

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Susan from Camas, Washington Shares Her Chicken Coop Photos

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A big THANK YOU to everyone who has sent in their photographs and stories. I hope by sharing other peoples pictures and stories here on One Hundred Dollars a Month we can all have a rock star garden this summer. Keep them coming!

DIY chicken coop plans with pictures

Susan from Camas, Washington sent in photos of this awesome chicken coop her husband built for her. Here is what Susan had to say:

chickens

I am a first time chicken “Mama”! My dear husband had chickens as a child, but I did not.

We decided to get chickens because our youngest granddaughter LOVES visiting the chickens next door, AND our son has chickens and talked us into it. I have been intrigued with your chicken endeavors,too. I visit your blog daily!!

DIY Chicken Coop Plans interior roost

My DH built the coop- taking a couple of weekends to build. Our coop is a combination of designs from our son (who has become a coop-builder in his own neighborhood in Coburg,OR) and DH.

It is made from 1×6 cedar fence boards and framed with 2×2 lumber. It is a board and batten style. The nest box area is 4′ x 1′ and the remainder is 3′ x 4′ . – 4′x 4′ overall . The pen area below is 4′x4′ x 3′ tall. The “upstairs” is water-proofed for easy cleaning. We use carabiners on the the latch to keep predators out.

chickens in chicken coop

We have 4 girls! 2- Barred Rock, 1 – White Leghorn and 1 – Black Sex Link. They are: Fern, Ivy, Daisy and Clucken Jo. “Fern” might be “Vern” (one of our Barred Rock) I’m hoping NOT!! I am attached to ALL of them!!! We got them in March.

I really am enjoying them! I could sit for hours and just watch their antics. They are very social and ADORABLE!!!!

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Susan! Please tell your husband the coop he built is beautiful. You and your granddaughter are going to have so much fun this summer watching your hens grow. And, I’m crossing my fingers that your barred rock Fern is not a Vern.

Keep us posted, and thanks for sharing.

~Mavis

DIY Raised Garden Beds

Garden Photos From Western New York

If you would like to have your garden, chicken coop or something you’ve made featured on One Hundred Dollars a Month, here’s what I’m looking for:

  • Your Garden Pictures and Tips – I’d especially like to see your garden set ups, growing areas, and know if you are starting seeds indoors this year. If so,  show me some picture of how you are going about it.
  • Your Chicken and Chicken Related Stories – Coops, Chicks, Hen’s, Roosters, Eggs, you name it. If it clucks, send us some pictures to share with the world.
  • Cool Arts & Crafts - Made from your very own hands with detailed {and well photographed} pictures and instructions.
  • Your pictures and stories about your pets. The more pictures and details the better.

If I feature your pictures and the stories behind them on One Hundred Dollars a Month, I will send you a $20.00 gift card to the greatest store in the world: Amazon.com.

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Nikki from West Virginia’s Chicken Coop Pictures

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Have I ever told you I LOVE getting emails loaded with your garden and chickens photos and stories? Check out the photos {and the story behind them} Nikki from West Virginia recently sent in:

Mavis,
I love, love, love reading your one hundred dollars a month blog! I am so envious of your free food photos. Here in Southwest Virginia, I have visited all of my local markets begging for “chicken scraps” to no avail! Our major grocery chains are “not allowed” to save unused produce or it’s already spoken for by local rescue missions. I have resorted to just growing extra in my raised bed garden, and pallet salad bed- which I also got inspiration from you.

raised garden beds

Anyhoo…..I am writing to show off my chicken coop. It has taken a lot of hard work. I am a bit OCD like yourself, so once I get a vision I am on a mission to finish it like a crazy person!

DIY Chicken Coop Plans

We live on two acres on top of a mountain overlooking the Roanoke Valley and Blue Ridge Mountains, so we named our coop Bella Vista (beautiful view). It houses fourteen hens (Red sexlinks, Copper Marans, White Rocks, Eastereggers and one crazy White Crested Polish). I am a newbie to chickens with this being my first flock. I will start getting eggs around mid June. I have been doing research and talking “chicken” with whoever will listen for the past year, so the first egg will be an exciting day!

chicken coop with snow

Ok, so onto the coop detais. We built the coop behind our house so that it butts up to our dog fence. The dogs will scare away any predator that may try to have a chicken dinner! The coop is 8×8 interior with 8×16 run (8 ft. under with 8 ft covered run) I tried to only use re-purposed material as much as possible. I scrounged new construction site dumpsters for anything I could use. I saved a lot of money, but some things had to be purchased new like plywood for roof, T1-11 siding, and hardware cloth.

Classic chicken coop plans DIY

Most all lumber was “culled” (no chicken pun intended) lumber from Lowes for 50% Off. Shingles from Craigslist, exterior door from Habitat and windows- free from awesome replacement window guy!

wisteria arbor

And the BEST free things….. coop screen door from my grandmother’s garage and an old plate rack shelf for the Bella Vista Eggs sign from my great granny’s house. It makes me all warm and fuzzy to see them ever day. They would have loved it!

My computer geek husband even installed a coop cam so I can check in on the ladies from work. My co-workers think I’m crazy! …. Ha! If they only knew!

I hope you enjoy my coop as much as I enjoy your website!
Sincerely, Nikki

cold frame

Gardening in Oklahoma – Raised Garden Beds + a Potato Tower

If you would like to have your garden, chicken coop or something you’ve made featured on One Hundred Dollars a Month, here’s what I’m looking for:

  • Your Garden Pictures and Tips – I’d especially like to see your garden set ups, growing areas, and know if you are starting seeds indoors this year. If so,  show me some picture of how you are going about it.
  • Your Chicken and Chicken Related Stories – Coops, Chicks, Hen’s, Roosters, Eggs, you name it. If it clucks, send us some pictures to share with the world.
  • Cool Arts & Crafts - Made from your very own hands with detailed {and well photographed} pictures and instructions.
  • Your pictures and stories about your pets. The more pictures and details the better.

If I feature your pictures and the stories behind them on One Hundred Dollars a Month, I will send you a $20.00 gift card to the greatest store in the world: Amazon.com.

Go  HERE for the official rules.

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Introducing New Chickens into Your Existing Flock

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Introducing New Chickens into Your Existing Flock

Last night The Girl Who Thinks She’s a Bird and I introduced our 3 baby cochin chicks to the older chickens. People have said introducing new chickens into your existing flock can be kind of tricky, but this year it was ridiculously easy for us. In years past we have placed the younger chickens in a fence off area alongside the chicken run for a few days so the birds could get acquainted, but this year we decided to do something a little different.

Lucy our puggle dog outgrew her pet fence weeks ago, so we took the 3 foot high fence outside and set it up within the chicken run around 2 pm. We placed our 3 blue cochin chicks inside the fenced area along with their food and water so the other chickens could get a good look at them.

how to Introduce New Chickens into Your Existing Flock

Our older birds don’t even flinch when lucy the puggle dog runs up to the coop anymore, so we figured they probably wouldn’t bat an eye if a couple of puff balls joined their clan.

Maroon, one of our Rhode Island Red hens immediately took to them. She hunkered down next to the fence and stayed their for a good 3 hours. We weren’t sure if she wanted first dibs on the chicks or if her motherly instincts set in and she was just watching over them.

Introducing New Chickens into Your Existing Flock pictures

Around 6pm we brought the 8 week old chicks out one at a time. Nothing happened. It was business as usual around the coop. The older chickens didn’t care one bit.

Pictures Introducing New Chickens into Your Existing Flock

Except Maroon of course, she followed the chicks around like a mamma hen.

Introducing New Chickens into Your Existing Flock blue cochins

Once the chicks had moved away from their food and water, the older chickens moved in and had themselves a little feast. At nightfall once all the older hens had gone into the coop to roost for the night, my daughter picked up the baby chicks and placed them inside the coop in the nesting boxes.

This morning when she opened the doors, the chickens and the 8 week old chicks all came out. Business as usual. Talk about an easy transition.

I don’t know about you, but I love it when there is no drama. Ha!

Do you have chickens?  What has your experience with introducing new chickens into you existing flock been?

~Mavis

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 By Jennifer Megyesi. It will tell you everything you need to know.

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