This afternoon, I had to run an errand in the hospital. While I was out and about, I stopped in at a book sale. The hospital occasionally has book sales as a benefit for the children's hospital. The books are always reasonably priced but, usually, there isn't much there that I want or need. But today, I was surprised.
I picked up this new, revised copy of Rodale's Organic Gardening for $14!! Believe it or not, this is a book that I didn't actually own before this. Oh, I have quite a bit of knowledge but I never had THE book. Now, it will grace my shelf of reference books for the homestead.
I'm hoping/planning to order our chicks tomorrow. We've upsized our order a bit and are now planning to get 7 hens and a rooster. We've selected a spot for the chicken coop and V has agreed to help us build it- so J16 and I won't be on our own. I explained my design ideas and V thinks it will be quite doable. We will have a raised 8x4 foot coop with a fenced run. I'm not sure of the dimensions of the run yet- we'll have to work around the raised bed for the strawberries. We will need to keep them in a run since we have waaaay too many predators around here to let them free range. We have dogs from across the road, coyotes, foxes, hawks and the occasional eagle. We will also have to contend with the hungry raccoons and skunks.
I am really looking forward to this, as are the children. We've wanted chickens since we moved here and now, I get my wish. We had chickens when I was a child- both a laying flock and we raised meat birds as well so I have absolutely no illusions that it will be labor free. I have promised V that I won't make him clean out the coop since this isn't his idea. And, LOL, we don't even have the chicks yet and we've already got people asking if they can have eggs!
As far as the chicks go. I've got an idea for a cage I'll have to build to keep them in the house while they're little and while we build the coop. We will definitely have to have a latching lid on it and be dog and cat proof. I'll keep you posted about progress.