How to “Chickenfy” Your Life (Real Things Thursdays)
I briefly considered writing a “How to Get Started with Chickens” post, but I don’t like writing about something until I’ve actually done it. Once my chickens arrive this May I’ll talk about my personal experiences with it — until then I thought I’d write about some chicken products I’ve encountered while begging for advice from people who have personal relationships with poultry.
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So, as I mentioned in my garden goals post I am getting backyard chickens! OhMyGoshICan’tWait! The cute little fluffballs will be arriving the first week of May — 26 of them in all — but I’m only keeping 4. I joint ordered with a farming friend who has room for the remaining 22. My daughter and boyfriend are already speculating about names (such as “Mrs. Rubicon DestructoBeak 2300” or “The Fair Lady Poultrious BakBak” — they are taking this very seriously).
The breeds we’ll be receiving are araucanas (although I understand it isn’t a show-quality strain), cuckoo marans, and rose comb brown leghorns. Our current plan is to keep 2 araucanas, 1 cuckoo maran, and a rose comb leghorn.
The purpose of the white layer (the rose comb) is to let me create pysanky on wax-free eggs (the supermarket variety are usually waxed). I’ve loved to make them ever since I was a kid — my stepdad’s parents gave me the dyes and tools so I could learn this Ukrainian folk art that uses beeswax to make batik eggs.
Anyway, chickens are my theme for this week’s Real Things Thursdays. I’ve included sources for actual chickens, some chicken supplies, and chicken-related art for those of you who aren’t likely to install a coop in your yard. As usual, this is a casual blog carnival and I’d love it if you’d post links to your chicken posts or insights in the comments. (Or just a regular comment, those are great, too).
When I was looking for reviews on chicken hatcheries I didn’t have much luck. I don’t want to recommend the place my chickens are coming from until I see how well they perform. Therefore, I’ll just include these links to help you make the best educated guess about where to buy your chickens:
- Backyard Chickens.com Source Directory
- Poultry Help.com Source Directory
- Ranch & Livestock Links: Hatcheries
- Chicken Ranches & Breeders Directory
- Backyard Hatchery.com Breeders Directory
- FeatherSite Source Directory
I also want to include this innovative chicken waterer sold at The Walden Effect (a fun blog, you should check it out).
I understand that poultry foul (fowl?) their water on a daily basis so I’m thrilled with the idea of this mess-free waterer. I’ve been reading Anna’s posts at The Walden Effect for a while now and I know she wouldn’t recommend it if it wasn’t a great product. I particularly like that you can use their kits to make your own with recycled containers.
Now for the chicken art (all with repurposed objects):
This handmade lamp uses upcycled wire fencing from actual chicken coops and fabric featuring hens and roosters for the shade. The seller (IntuitiveWhimsy) recommends painting the electrical cord with your wall color to help it blend in.
Do you hang your clothes out on a line to dry? These clothespin bags are made from reused, weather-resistant poly-woven bags for chicken feed. Even though the bags are sturdy, they are usually dumped in the landfill as soon as they’re empty. This product’s drainage holes mean that you can leave it outdoors year-round, and seller purplerozelisa says that the neutral design is great for men or women.
That’s it for this week’s Real Things Thursdays. Please, give me your chicken keeping advice in the comments! I’m so excited, I could talk chickens all day.
Or leave a regular comment… I love those, too (and I always follow them to check out what you’ve written lately).
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