Backyard Laying Hens- Free Range Eggs, For Free!

Backyard Laying Hens- Free Range Eggs, For Free!

Chickens, Farm Animals
Keeping your own stock of free range egg backyard laying hens is an enjoyable and rewarding pastime as more and more city folk are discovering with the increasing popularity of 'urban farming'. Hens can be kept in even the smallest of spaces as long as they have suitable shelter, a ready supply of food and small patch of ground to scratch around in. Hens can easily be bought as chicks from local farmers and smallholders. They will produce one egg per day per hen so even a couple of good layers will produce more than enough eggs for a family. They are easy to keep and feed and as long as you don't add a cockerel to the flock you wont get any complaints from the neighbors either! In no…
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The ROOF is on the Chicken Coop

Chickens, Our Homestead
From the chicken run side closest to the house you can see how much progress we're making! I will be able to go in the gate and be out of the rain and they will have some shelter from the rain and still be able to be outside... so long as the rain is not blowing sideways. LOL We've stacked so many things off and on through the time we've been working on it that the wire is starting to sag in the middle, Errrr. But I think I can run some wire through it and it will be alright. Remind me, if I EVER build another chicken coop to NOT use 'chicken wire' it is a pain in the BUTT. Baby chicks get right through it, animals can push…
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And the Walls Are UP!

Our Homestead
[caption id="attachment_182" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Squeezing the most out of the sunlight left!"][/caption] We got a bit of a late start. Work comes second and the family is first. The babies just had a tough day today... we did have a bit more help than usual though! Remember the girls, my daughter and her friends that talked me into this chaos? While my daughter is in Oregon away at school, one showed up to help!! Yeah! She played with the babies, fetched and towed water, tools, held things, lifted stuff, I had surgery this week on my leg and she was truly appreciated, as I was not much help on some things. We got one door up, the $1 door from the garage sale. And the lights up for the babies…
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Chicken Run Complete

Chickens, Our Homestead
Chicken Run Phase One Complete Here in the yard in front of the chicken run is where I sit and take a break in between digging post holes and stapling wire. This was so much fun doing with the girls. Well, at least two of them showed up for the hard work. ;) Building a chicken coop has proven to be a bit trickier than I had hoped it would be. I suppose I could have skimped on lumber or not sunk the posts so deep and used less cement, blah, blah, but this will last for a very long time. If I ever sell this house, I hope they like chickens. Where I wanted it built, toward the back of the yard from the house, there is a tree…
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