Monday, April 27, 2009

City Chicks — by Amy of Progressive Pioneer

Maybe it's the economy or a greater awareness of where our food comes from, but backyard chickens seem to be everywhere. We jumped on the bandwagon and were pleased to discover that Nellie and Rockefeller, our Plymouth Barred Rock and Araucana, practically take care of themselves. They're the perfect pets. I've loved watching our sweet babe watch "his" chickens as they grew from little fluff balls to the brazen teenage chicks that now stroll the yard. At only a year he's learned to feed them, how to pat them gently and he's learned to love them. He has a special laugh he reserves just for their antics. Come August or September they'll be gifting us greenish-blue and speckled brown eggs every morning.

If building your own coop sounds intimidating check out these sleek options from Omlet, a British company that has recently started selling their adorable Eglu hen houses state side.

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Blogger LobotoME said...

those are awesome!!! and what great branding...OMLET. my tool shed turned chicken coop is not looking as cool anymore! :)

Monday, April 27, 2009 at 11:20:00 AM EDT  
Blogger MonkeySeeMonkeyDo said...

the chicken coops are hilarious and awesome!

Monday, April 27, 2009 at 12:14:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Diana said...

I really have been wanting to try raising my own chickens. Have you tried the new coop? What has your experience been? Have you had any problems with disease? Please share more!!! Thanks for your constant inspiration, diana.

Monday, April 27, 2009 at 12:36:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Debbie said...

I think this is a great idea and wonderful lesson for your family. Have you read Animal Vegetable Miracle? It's life changing- check it out!

Monday, April 27, 2009 at 1:20:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Randy and Danielle said...

I have been seriously doing research on owning chickens and there seems to only be pros for the idea, even a pro for the poop factor, considering it will make my green grass greener. They will Eat the creepy spiders, lay eggs, teach my children a valuable caretaking lesson...what else could I ask for. I am pro Chicken and I am so glad to see more articles on this subject.

Monday, April 27, 2009 at 1:32:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Jessie Hansen said...

M neighbor died so she got his chickens and goats. Every morning she gets fresh eggs! I am so jealous!

Monday, April 27, 2009 at 1:42:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Jessie Hansen said...

Sorry, that was supposed to say "My sister's neighbor..."

Monday, April 27, 2009 at 1:43:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous LoriSB said...

I've got to say that having a coop is an interesting experience. fresh eggs! @Diana, no diseases .. the only problems have been predators and trying to make the coop predator proof (dogs, racoons, hawks, coyotes). (Even in a city). I don't even want to tell you what the racoons did. I've got to check out the linked coop though.

Monday, April 27, 2009 at 2:19:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

no way! we are planning on chickens but don't have the coop. my hubbie is going to love this idea (obviously I've been planning on making him build it). thanks!!

Monday, April 27, 2009 at 5:50:00 PM EDT  
Blogger colleeeen said...

we have eight pullets chirping the day away right now (we have neighbors who are going halvsies with us). we have temporary indoor housing until we get the coop finished (and they are old enough to live outdoors). we've had them for two weeks now and so far, so good. it is unbelievable how much they poop, though.

Monday, April 27, 2009 at 7:12:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Amy said...

Hey guys! So glad to see there are so many backyard chicken farmers out there! We don't have direct experience with the eglu, we fenced off both sides of the tiny space between our garage and the one behind us and put a door in one side. You can't even really see it from the yard. My husband built some simple laying boxes and that's it. I am thinking about running chicken wire over the top as well, as I do worry about predators like LoriSB mentioned. We haven't had any disease problems. So far, they really are incredibly easy animals to have. They give back much more than they take!
And yes, I read and LOVED Animal, Vegetable, Miracle. There was a time when it seemed my baby was nursing 12 hours out of the day; I got a lot of reading done then, including Barbara Kingsolver's book:)

Monday, April 27, 2009 at 7:23:00 PM EDT  
Blogger sarah calder said...

So cool. Some friends of ours just built a chicken coop for their new chickens. We can't wait to have a house someday with some chickens of our own. Although, I think those chickens would have a better coop than our house if we got that! Thanks for sharing!

Monday, April 27, 2009 at 10:30:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Larissa Phillips said...

I wanted chickens for a long time -- and finally ordered chicks yesterday. has a breed selector, and their coop plans were right for us.
I've very excited!

Monday, April 27, 2009 at 10:31:00 PM EDT  
Blogger compulsively compiled said...

The idea of chickens in the backyard does sound so enticing. I keep wondering if it's legal in our town to keep them in the backyard and then wonder if I'm even capable of caring for them.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009 at 1:59:00 AM EDT  
Anonymous jen jafarzadeh said...

fantastic! and considering the battery cages many poor hens are cooped up in, this is such a humane way of getting your eggs (and fresh eggs are such a treat)

Tuesday, April 28, 2009 at 4:07:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Iris said...

My son is dying for a pet chicken..hey maybe with some cool housing like this it may not be so bad.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009 at 6:44:00 PM EDT  

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