Sometimes referred to as a chicken tractor because it can be moved from place to place. Notice the skylights. Made of cedar to repel pests.
Notice the scorched earth behind the coop. This is from the high nitrogen chicken droppings. You can see the garden in the background. I planted there a year later to take advantage of the natural fertilizer.
While you don't order them, sometimes they make a mistake when sexing the chicks and you get one or two. This one was mean and flew at me with 1.5" spurs. He was a delicious coq au vin.
The color of the egg depends on the breed of chicken. The color has nothing to do with the nutritional content. That is controlled primarily by the diet of the bird.
Girls being girls
Okay, when I hook the tractor up to the eyebolts through the end of the 4x4" skids on the bottom it moves. This allows me to give the chickens fresh grass.
Interior of Coop
Chickens poop everywhere, all the time. You need a people space from which to collect eggs (note the small windows in the netting of the nest boxes), to store feed and to keep the water accessible but clean.
Chickens eat bugs
They are natural predators to garden pests and useful when your plants are big enough not be become chicken food. Unfortunately one of my dogs would jump the electric fence and then the chickens would become dog food.
It's all about the marketing. The colors look adorable. They also taste much better than store eggs as the chickens get to eat bugs, grass and table scraps.
You go girl!
Find those bugs.
Travel is exhausting.
Baby chicks are sent through the mail. You can hear them peeping all over the post office.
Just a few days old
This is less than a week after they arrived. You can see their feathers filling in.
This little one had a genetic problem (the only one in over 100 chicks raised on the farm). The vet counseled putting it down. Tried standing it in a dixie cup for a couple of days and hand feeding but in the end it wasn't going to make it and was suffering. Had to call the vet for the most humane method. Very sad.
What fresh hell is this?
Even at a few days old they know to get up high to avoid predators. This probably isn't high enough but good effort.
She thinks it's high enough
They start to look almost hawklike as they get a few weeks old.
Not quite chicks, not quite chickens.
We think someone dumped this prized bantam chicken near our farm. My son's chocolate lab brought it to me and it didn't belong to the only other neighbor with chickens. We were very welcoming.