Well, after looking at websites, books and talking to folks about their experiences, I think we might be able to pull off raising our chickens, wait for it...wait for it...cheaply!
How to raise chickens cheaply?
We were able to start somewhat of a garden this summer, I even got to enjoy some of the home grown veggies, so win, right!
So, we set out to learn before putting up the cash.
Here goes nothing..
To build or buy?
|This one is fancy, but it is what I would like to see!|
Choose your coop Placement, very carefully!
Location, Location, Location! There need to be a few "rules" here, like 1) OUT OF SIGHT and 2) WE DON'T WANT TO SMELL IT!
Should you let the Chickens free range -or- keep them in a run?
Having chickens free ranging is great. It gives the place a "country" look and they will eat bugs out in the yard. Keep in mind though, they will also eat your young plants in the garden, flower beds and can wander into the neighbors yards or the road. We, for instance, live on a busy road, we have about four hawks that are on or around our property and recently, we have a pack of coyotes that hang out on our land. We will be building a run for the flock to keep them safe.
For a run, we have an old dog kennel fence that we are using behind the coop, with a top, to keep the hawks and raccoon's out.
Now that these are figured out, it is time to start thinking about nesting boxes. There are a lot of plans and ideas all over the internet. Here is what we are thinking of doing:
|Because I wasn't joking about there being a lot of chicken breeds!|
- Why are you keeping chickens?
- What Climate?
|The future of Gray Gables Farm...|