It wasn’t long until we found the first wonderful benefit of raising our own chickens. Farm fresh chicken eggs. The wonderful orange color of the yolks compared to the pale yellow of store bought eggs was the first indication that this breakfast would be delicious. The yolks stood high and proud in the frying pan as if they themselves knew they were superb. And the taste? I had never before experienced such a culinary delight as eggs we gathered from our chickens.
A few weeks later the local feed store had young hens (pullets) for sale. The thought being if we were going to keep chickens why not have some that gave us eggs in return for their feed. So, 2 pullets were acquired. Black Sex Link like the boys. The only problem was the large igloo dog kennel wasn’t big enough for 4 chickens. And the first chicken coop plans were developed.
Being a carpenter the first 20 years of my working life a small outbuilding with a door and chicken hatch wasn’t much trouble. But, I had to go a bit overboard though. White vinyl siding on the outside so it matched the house. Fiberglass insulation in the walls and lining the inside with 3/4″ styrofoam for additional insulation. Little did we know chickens LOVE to eat styrofoam. It is made from corn you see.
SO, everywhere the chickens could reach the styrofoam had to be covered with plywood to keep the chickens from eating it. The whole project probably ran 3 times what it could have.
My name is David and I am a hatchaholic.
In 2005 one of my wife’s coworkers ask her is she would like to have 2 roosters. Otherwise they would be going to freezer camp. We had a 10′ X 10′ chain link dog kennel and an igloo dog house they could get into. I admit it was nice to wake in the morning to hear roosters crowing. Little did I know it was only the beginning.