Tuesday, April 29, 2008

We're Crossing the Line into Crazy

You thought we were weird already, I'm sure. Homebirthin', homeschoolin', herb-lovin' crazies, right? Well now people will really talk! (Our neighbors especially.)

We're getting chickens!

Hubby and I have talked about this before. We have a neighbor who has this fancy schmancy limestone chicken coop in a corner of her backyard, called Coop de Ville. (We live in the city, so this is quite a rarity.) Anyway, last time we talked about it, we had just brought our three home from Liberia and weren't in need of any extra anythings to think about. (Whew, I'm glad we're well past those days. ) So in the last month, we've been talking about it again and getting pretty excited about the prospect of fresh eggs.
I just ordered our chicks today and here's what we're getting:

2 White Rocks
2 New Hampshire Reds
2 Barred Rocks
We chose these three for their temperament and egg laying skills. While we were discussing this with the kids, Maya said, "I used to have my own chicken in Liberia." Huh? Then Daniel pops in and says the same thing. Questioning looks are directed at Maya. She confirms it. Isaac also confirms this. Apparently, all three of them have experience with chickens. Bonus!

Any chicken wisdom you farm folks got, I'm all ears.

26 comments:

Nealy said...

Woo-Hoo! I'm sure Aunt Jeanne will have advice, since she's had chickens before! I'm all kinds of excited and if you have any extras on any given day, I'll be happy to buy them!

Ginger said...

Extras? Puh-lease. There are 9 of us egg-lovin' Clarks! But I'll put you on the waiting list. hehe
(I emailed Aunt Jeanne first.) :D

Jamie Wooddell said...

I'll say it again: "I'm so jealous!!"

The Herd said...

Now you can say that you guys are the Cluckin' Clarks!!! You guys are hilarious--but I think it's wonderful...even better than your neighbors have a coop...so you won't be the first with the noisy backyard!
Keep us posted on when they arrive!

Ginger said...

Noisy?? You must be thinking of roosters. Hens don't say much. We're only getting hens.
And, um, no we will not be called the Cluckin' Clarks. Let's get that straight right now.

;)

Anonymous said...

you will never go back!!!!!!!! Chickens are the greatest....next goats???

Ginger said...

I would love to get goats! :D

Lee said...

chickens are wonderful!! I had chickens growing up - my favorite was a little bantam rooster who used to flap up and perch on my shoulder when I was feeding our chickens and rabbits. His name was Turkey.

I wish I could get chickens...but our city doesn't allow them.... :(
I'm not sure why...hens are lovely and not noisy at all...

Jeff said...

That is so cool! I can't wait to get chickens. :)

Our Family: said...

Ginger, you crack me up, girl!!!!

Ben and April said...

We hope to have chickens one day too!! For now we will settled with buying our eggs here locally.

Hope it all goes well for you! There are a couple of great websites out there with lots of info.

http://www.backyardchickens.com/
http://home.centurytel.net/thecitychicken/index.html

Ginger said...

Those are the two sites we got most of our info from! We bought them from MyPetChicken.com
Very friendly, knowledgeable staff.

Anonymous said...

We LOVE our chickens. Our first flock was 4 city-chicks as we still lived in town. They were red and black stars and GREAT! We now live in the country and have 2 barred rocks, six Rhode Island Reds and one very lovely rooster (yes, he is a gentleman!). They give us exceptional eggs (extra large and very consistent except when cold weather hits which we plan to work with them this coming winter with some lighting). Ours get fresh pasture everyday, but when we were in the city, they had a small run which turned to MUD very quickly and never did recover. I feed tons of scraps to them to help in the cost of feed. I can go on and on, but will stop with a hearty CONGRATULATIONS!! Have fun and enjoy your eggs!

Ginger said...

I give you permission to go on. :D I'm learning!

mommy4 said...

WHAT!! I've been wanting chickens for such a long time!!! I'm so glad your gettin them, I'm probably just as excited as you are!! Really, it sounds weird but YEEEE HAAAAA!!!! I want to see them when you get them. Your Hampshire Reds will do great, I've read about them!! Let us know when you get them! How big is your yard?

Nealy said...

HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA

THE CLUCKIN' CLARKS !

HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA

I LOVE IT! I CAN'T HELP MYSELF! Oops - I just snorted I'm laughing so hard! :)

sescogg said...

Ginger,I have a friend that has chickens, they lay green eggs; I would love to have a neighbor that has chickens. My next door neighbor has a garden in his FRONT yard, it is huge, scarecrow and all; he plants flowers around the exterior to get around the city ord; but he is a great neighbor and gives me wonderful tomatoes, corn and okra!!! Good luck.

Ginger said...

Sue,

I also have a friend who has green egg-laying hens. Ours will all lay brown eggs.

Judy,

I'll keep you posted. Our yard is fairly big, the coop is 5' x 6' and the chicken run is 13' long. They'll have plenty of space I think.

The Herd said...

Ginger, who knew that getting chickens would bring this many comments!! Have fun with the hens!

Jeanne said...

Hi Ginger... Nancy was right, I can't sit this one out! I don't know where you're getting your chickens, but you can go to mcmurrayhatchery.com and get just about whatever you want. For fun, get some Aracuanas because they lay colored (green mostly) eggs...then Brahamas because they are a lovely chicken and some cochins. Beware chickens don't lay much in the heat of the summer but that's the only time. Don't ever buy "straight run" or you'll have nothing but roosters. I always enjoyed having chickens and would do so today, but my dogs won't tolerate them. Have fun! love you, Jeanne

Jamie Wooddell said...

Since Aunt Jeanne didn't mention it, I will. When we were kids Aunt Jeanne also had a rooster named Turkey.
Of course, she's known for funny animal names. Shrimp, Beans, Hobo. The list goes on. . .

Ginger said...

I remembered Turkey the rooster when I saw that comment. Kyle wants to name his Super Chic, and Isaac's naming his Chicken Jane. Chloe's chicken will be Dinah. Know where she got that from?? lol

Jamie Wooddell said...

That changes the whole meaning of the song. I'm worried about Dinah's fate if "someone's in the kitchen" with her! hehe

heather said...

Chickens-I will bet that the kids will love them. They will be a huge bonding/teaching experience for your new three and old three. I am so excited for you and look forward to when I can join you...My Andrew will need some convincing, though!

Faith said...

I am SO jealous! I am counting the days/months/years till we get on our property and can have chickens. It is one of my fondest memories as a child going to my aunts house who had chickens. I loved it!

Shell said...

I know this is an old post but, guess what? The Halls are joining the city chickens gang. We are going to go get some chickens too. In fact, I came back to your site to see how you were doing and what info you had to share. Thanks for your blog Ginger.

Come by and see what we ended up with in a few weeks or two.

Shells gang