Sunday, February 22, 2009
Spring is bound to be on it's way to Idaho too. The mud is proof of this and I can't wait! I spent a large portion of time reading about raising chickens. It has taken me nearly 2 years to convince my husband that it would be great to have laying hens on our place. Unfortunately he took the chicken house down a few years ago (it ruined his view he said). So in keeping with my plan to have chickens, I drew him a new plan, bigger and better than what we had before. I read him excerpts from http://backyardchickens.com/ and took him on "tours" of some of the very nice chicken coops I know of around here. He was finally sold after standing in the coop of the egg lady's house for 45 minutes and not smelling an odor or being attacked by rogue hens. I read every book at our local library and most posts on the site I mentioned above. If anyone is interested in raising backyard chickens, that site has an absolute wealth of information available. It can be highly addictive and easy to spend countless hours reading (I call this research) what others have done that worked or didn't. My OCD personality needs a very neat and orderly chicken house so I am very glad to be building a new one rather than renovating an old one. My plans are drawn up, my chick order planned and now the weather needs to cooperate and I will be on my way!