Last week we went to a cookout at my friend Emily’s house, our kids are very close in age so it’s always a good time. Well, they have backyard chickens. Sebby was entranced.
Ever since we bought our house last spring, we’ve occasionally talked about getting our own flock, because well, farm fresh eggs are the bomb.
A little research on my husbands part lead us to Portage Bay Grange, the place for urban farming in Seattle. We decided it was time to take the plunge. We have a big yard for chickens and a long weekend, so why not, right?
Portage Bay Grange typically updates the poultry for sale every Friday, but they also encourage you to call or stop in for the up to minute roster. We took a look at their list and made some decisions after researching breeds. We wanted chickens that would be good with kids and would be decent layers.
Here’s what we decided on for our flock:
Ameraucana, Welsummer, Gold Laced Wyandotte, Silver Spitzhauben – hatched 5-24
Partridge Cochin, Cuckoo Maran- hatched 5-18
If you know anything about Spitzhaubens, you know she will be our wild card. That’s okay!
Our baby chickens were placed in a little brown takeout box so they could have a safe ride home.
The great thing about Portage Bay Grange is they really are a one stop shop for urban farming in Seattle. Something tells me that I’ll be going to them for more than just chickens! No goats or sheep though. Even though they are allowed in Seattle, I’m just not ready for that yet!
Our basic chick set up includes a feeder and waterer, organic chick feed, scratch, a brooder (aka rubbermaid bin) some bedding and heat lamp.
A short drive later and the chicks were home.
Meet our backyard chickens
We knew we had to get a Milo (aka Tree Cat) proof set up FAST. We have industrial shelving in our kitchen, so we cleared off our food storage bins and set up a brooder with the heat lamp on there. Chicks grow pretty quick, so this is definitely a temporary solution until we get our coop built.
They seem pretty happy, cheep cheep cheeping away. We’ll have to get started on our coop and run this weekend. I’m thinking we’ll make it out of pallets, since we have a source for them, though I’ve been searching on Pinterest for fun ideas.
I think when we clean our brooder out today I may try and get individual pictures of them. It’s amazing that I can see the growth difference between today and yesterday!