I think we toyed with the idea of chickens for a year or two before we took the plunge. We have been totally addicted ever since. My best advice to anyone starting out is make sure you are prepared to totally fall in love!
Our original flock 2 years ago consisted of 8 hens and our “Lil’ Coop Inn” We still have 4 of them. We adopted 10 from a friend and that increased the size of our little farm by 6 hens and 4 Roos!
For nearly a year we stayed at that size losing a hen here and there by some unknown predator. At the time we thought it was my little beagle. We believe differently now.
In early Spring of 2013 chickie fever hit and we added 12 new hens to the flock. We also hatched some of our own, which of course lead to 4 Roos and 4 hens.
Farmer Cheese also tried his luck at picking out some straight runs and they were 6/10 Roos! Never again will we try that. It was also time to build the brand new “Coop de Vee”
After adopting 5 more hens from my friend who finally had to get rid of all of hers due to allergies we now had 34 hens, 14 Roos, and had suffered the loss of 6 hens and a Roo.
Now we knew this was way too many Roos and ended up separating a lot of them. We can’t seem to give them away.
We have been pretty blessed so far as diseases go among our chickens. Nothing major to speak of. We just lost Ivan, one of my sweet Roos and we are praying his sickness was not infectious! Mites have and are causing some problems. Foxes caused some major loss earlier this year. We have learned to keep them safely in the fence if in any doubt. We are down to 26 layers now.
This year if you have been following along you know we have added to the flock with the purchase of 29 production layers. RIR’s, sex-links, etc. They are 8 and 6 weeks old.
Last week we added 8 more barred rocks, aka “Little Rocks”. And yes, I have been singing the song “Little Rock” to them all the time. 🙂
These adorable tiny, little, middle sized and big girls and Roos have found their way into our hearts and our lives. We couldn’t be happier.