I grew up with chickens (broilers and hens) and I really want some on my little farm. I have a few issues though.
1.) A dog who thinks she can kill everything in site–including the bulls in the yard. She’s one of those dogs who thinks she’s bigger than she really is.
2.) I don’t have a chicken coop and I don’t really want to keep them locked inside. I love having the hens running around, eating bugs, and following me around the farm.
I’ve seen things on facebook about people buying chicken coops on craigslist or going to the local farm store and buying a beautiful new coop. I just have a problem buying a NEW ‘house’ for something that doesn’t care where it defecates. I love chickens and want to have some around, but I just can’t seem to justify buying something that cost more than the chickens can return.
My dad even bought me some baby chicks for my birthday. He’s raising them in his brooder house until they’re old enough to come to my house. This is normally about 8 weeks. So, I have 8 weeks to figure something out. I shouldn’t be stressing out about getting a chicken house, but I’m one of those people that loves to have everything perfect for my animals. I want them to have a nice home and to not be afraid of my dog. I’m hoping that Lily (our dog) will be scared of them and leave them alone. Fat chance of that happening.
Do any of you have farm chickens? Do you have a chicken coop? Do you fence them in? Do you have a dog? Did your dog bother them? I just have so many questions that google can not answer for me! 🙂
I’m thinking that I’m going to have to fence them in for sure, but what could I use for a chicken house that would be cheap? I’ll keep you updated! My Sunday is going to be filled with chicken research!
Let me know if any of you have any ideas! I’m ‘game’ for anything!