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A Chick Is Born!

We have fully committed to take the plunge into becoming backyard chicken farmers.  I, Chickinboots, will be head chicken farmer.  Yikes!  What did I get myself into?  I am already a full-time wife, a mother of two young, energetic girls and an owner of a labrador.  Now I am going to take on chickens, too!?  I am feeling a bit anxious as I dive into the unknown.
  • Are chickens as low maintenance as everyone says?
  • How do I choose the right chicken breed for our family?
  • How do we pick the right brooder box and coop? 
  • How will our sweet, old lab coexist with a bunch of hens?  
  • Do I really have to keep the chicks inside for two months?  
  • How much poop are we actually talking about?  I have heard that they poop A LOT!
  • What is going to happen to the garden?  
  • Last, but certainly not least, how am I going to tell the neighbors?
The Rooster (aka my husband) and I have completed our first step of reading a "How- To" book on becoming backyard chicken farmers.  I highly recommend A Chicken in Every Yard by Robert and Hannah Litt.  It is a fun, easy read packed with great information for the first time backyard chicken farmer.

My family and I hope you follow us on our journey of learning how to raise chickens.  From chicken education classes to coop building to egg laying, I think we are in for a fun, rewarding ride. In the end we hope that documenting our experience will inspire you to go on the same adventure!

Here we go!


  1. Good for you Sarah! I keep looking at our backyard and thinking we should have some chickens back there too. I'll be following your adventures! :)

    1. Thanks for following our adventure! I am really excited...and nervous! :)


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