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The Grant clan got chickens!!!  As I sit here writing this post, our little ladies are pecking, peeping and scratching away in the brood behind me.  It really is the cutest thing!

Owning chickens has been something I have wanted to do for years, I started day dreaming about it when we lived on our condo.  As we begin our 3rd summer in the house it has finally happened.  Our chicks are about a week and a half old now and are super cute, but what baby chicks aren’t cute.  We have four little chicks each a different breed.

The Chicks: The top photo is of them now, the bottom is what they will look like all grown up.

This is Belina, she is a Buff Orpington

Belina

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This is Mavis and she is a Black Australorp

Mavis

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This is Beatrice, she is a Barred Rock

Beatrice

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This is Saphira and she is a Golden Laced  Wyandotte

Sephira

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When doing my research on what breeds we should get I had a few very specific requirements:

1. The chickens would need to be cold hardy, which means that they needed to be able to live in their coop during a Chicago winter.

2. The chickens would need to be pretty good egg layers, cause that is why we got them!

3. The chickens would also, and this is very important, need to be NICE!  With three kids and a fourth on the way these little ladies needed to be calm, friendly, and docile.

A great resource that I found to help with breed selection was on the website My Pet Chicken.  I had also done a bunch of reading in the book Chickens in your backyard and in the magazine Backyard Poultry.

The Coop!!

When researching what kind of coop to either build or make we looked all over the web and in a few books as well.  We looked at purchasing plans, building from scratch, buying a kit, etc.  What we settled on was a coop kit, the cost seemed right and we have a screw driver. 😉  What turned us away from the plans that we found for purchase everywhere was that they did not give us enough information up front.  That was frustrating for us and we did not want to waste money on plans that we might end up not liking.

This is the coop that our little ladies will move into in about 4 weeks.

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This kit is from the Chicken Saloon website.  We are going to be putting the coop together this weekend with the help of some family.  I’ll try my hardest to take photos of the construction in progress.

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Laura Daniel Bryson
    Apr 12, 2013 @ 18:36:27

    Those are beautiful chicks/chickens! We look forward to visiting you guys maybe sometime this summer and meeting them in person!

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  2. ewegrant
    Apr 12, 2013 @ 18:44:14

    We would love that!

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  3. Christopher Snell
    Apr 12, 2013 @ 20:10:33

    My mother has chickens and ducks and such, her house sits close to and looks across the chicken yard. In her dinning room she has a big picture window that looks into that yard, and she calls it “the chicken channel”. She has 98 chickens, she has 4 or 5 different kinds of chickens, say A B C D E. And what’s shes done is she’ll get a different batch of chicks each year, so she’ll know which batch is getting too old to lay.
    I’m ranch sitting all this week so mom can get out of State, so I have chickens/ducks, dogs, cats, horses and plants [pre-garden] chores to do.
    Blessings…

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  4. julee feser
    Apr 12, 2013 @ 21:06:29

    Ok. Chickens are super cool. I personally love barred rock. We love in ten now so have banties…the best I think of those are silkies. Great mamas. Chickens are good for your soul! Just fun to watch. Relaxing!

    Reply

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