I have been kind of holding off on doing a “Chicken Update” but here goes, you remember the Chicken With No Name that joined our family last month, if you don’t then click the link and get a laugh at where this all started.
I did build a small “A” shaped coop/shelter and fenced in a small area with chicken wire attached to the existing fence behind my shop, and the chicken we are calling Happy is an egg laying fool as they say, in the last seven days she has graced us with six eggs so I suppose she is earning her keep, pretty good for a “free” chicken right.
As you know there is nothing for free, Cindy did go ahead and talk her husband into buying some more chicks as you already figured and for the last couple days I have been drawing up plans and buying supplies to build a new chicken coop for the new flock that will be joining Happy behind the shop, they are quickly outgrowing the temporary cages I have for them and joining Happy just may come quicker than expected.
Today I spent figuring out and building nesting boxes, tonight we went and bought more lumber and paint to match the shop and garage, they asked which paint we wanted I said the cheap stuff, he said well what are you painting, Cindy said we need “Chicken Coop Paint” the man laughed and said seriously what are you painting because if you buy the cheap stuff you will use twice as much paint than if you go ahead and buy the expensive stuff it’s not like you are really painting a chicken coop, I told him yes sir I am actually painting a chicken coop, he replied then the cheap stuff is what you need.
This little egg layer that came into our life for free has added six more chicks, about $200.00 worth of lumber and wire, paint, feed, and a lot more work than I had expected to do, especially taking up the space behind my shop, but look at it this way there is a positive that came with this little chicken named Happy.
Now we don’t have to buy eggs