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Backyard ChickensWhen we moved to Eagle Mountain, we thought we were going to do the farm thing. Not a full-fledged, up before dawn, milking the cows kind of farm, just a little gentleman’s ranchette. With a couple of horses, a goat or two, maybe a few mini-cows (OK, so maybe a little milking), and some chickens.

We didn’t get very far on that dream, but we did build a coop and raised some backyard chickens.

Unfortunately, the chicken dream wasn’t a raging success. There were a number of reasons for our failure. Neither Sam nor I were really farm-raised children. Farms have a touch of the romantic to the, but we didn’t really know what we were getting ourselves into. We didn’t know anything about chicken feed or chicken care or how to provide a proper shelter and space for roosting.

We checked out a few websites, asked some friends, and hauled on down to the local IFA store for advice. How hard could it be?

The chickens seemed happy, but we only got four or five eggs. And after many months, a huge windstorm tossed the coop in the air like a tumble weed. The chickens scattered. Our cat caught one before we could save it and the others blew so far we couldn’t find them.

If you’re looking for chickens for sale, make sure you know enough to make it worth your while. Even chickens are a lot more work than we imagined.

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  • Jordan January 28, 2012, 6:55 pm

    At least you have achieved something in the interim. The key to success is become sustainable and learning how to give back for what we have been given. It’s the beauty of reciprocity.
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  • Jordan January 28, 2012, 6:55 pm

    At least you have achieved something in the interim. The key to success is become sustainable and learning how to give back for what we have been given. It’s the beauty of reciprocity.
    Jordan recently posted…Grateful for What We HaveMy Profile

  • DiNaRa January 30, 2012, 4:25 am

    well, when I was a kid, my parents used to have chicken and we had no problem as the chickens were not closed, but they walked all over the yard and had absolute freedom and that is why we had enough eggs all the time. But for the first time it can be really hard work to take care of chicks.

  • DiNaRa January 30, 2012, 4:25 am

    well, when I was a kid, my parents used to have chicken and we had no problem as the chickens were not closed, but they walked all over the yard and had absolute freedom and that is why we had enough eggs all the time. But for the first time it can be really hard work to take care of chicks.

  • Chris February 1, 2012, 10:25 pm

    Alison, I think somethng may have tweaked when you posted this. I see a bunch of code when it’s displayed on the homepage…. hmmmm anyhow good stuff, my folks just got chicken. Not super smart birds but good eggs 🙂

  • Chris February 1, 2012, 10:25 pm

    Alison, I think somethng may have tweaked when you posted this. I see a bunch of code when it’s displayed on the homepage…. hmmmm anyhow good stuff, my folks just got chicken. Not super smart birds but good eggs 🙂

  • Alison Moore Smith February 2, 2012, 1:01 am

    Thanks for the heads up, Chris. Let’s just say Social Spark is having major problems — and don’t know when they will be fixed. :/

  • Alison Moore Smith February 2, 2012, 1:01 am

    Thanks for the heads up, Chris. Let’s just say Social Spark is having major problems — and don’t know when they will be fixed. :/

  • Matt July 10, 2012, 6:30 am

    My friend used to have chickens, and was forever having issues with them being eaten by foxes. Does seem a lot of hard work. But then, how great to be self-sufficient eggs-wise

  • Matt July 10, 2012, 6:30 am

    My friend used to have chickens, and was forever having issues with them being eaten by foxes. Does seem a lot of hard work. But then, how great to be self-sufficient eggs-wise

  • LCC November 24, 2013, 12:56 pm

    Great looking coop! Love the details.
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  • LCC November 24, 2013, 12:56 pm

    Great looking coop! Love the details.
    LCC recently posted…large chicken coops for saleMy Profile

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