Back on March 28th, the Wednesday before Easter, I was perusing the aisles of C-A-L Ranch when I stumbled upon on the baby chicks, ducks, and turkeys. I’ve wanted to raise chickens for a while but never got the chance living on base in Hawaii and then a rental that didn’t allow pets here in Utah. But now, I can finally have chickens if I really want them. So, before I knew it, I was carrying six Buff Orpington chicks to my truck and then inside the house for my four year old to see and “oh and aw” over. She was almost as excited as I was. The next day I went and got two more but this time I chose the Ameraucana breed, I figured the kids would really get a kick out of the colorful eggs when they start laying.
We’ve had the chicks for six weeks now and they are just about grown out of their second brooder box. Luckily, our friends used to have chickens and he built his own chicken coop and has since passed it on to us.
The coop has been outside for a few years unused so it did and does still need work. When it was first brought home I went ahead and got to work tearing off the old roofing and chicken wire. I got the new corrugated roofing on and new chicken wire all around. I also installed a door and latching system. For now, it is sitting in the driveway but we are hoping to get it to the backyard sometime this week and then the chickens are good to go in their new abode.
The next step is building a run and small solar panel. The solar panel will power a heat lamp since they are still not fully grown and for the cooler months to makes sure they stay good and toasty.