Category Archives: Raising Chickens

Small steps towards living an abundant life

So I’ve always thought that Little House on The Prairie actually had something to it. I have wanted to live a life in that manner for a long time. What I mean by that is, a simple life. One less plugged in, less busy, destressed, and maybe less medications.

After public school told us they did not have time to teach our daughter to read, our adventures in homeschooling began. As it happened I wanted to teach the kids where food actually comes fom. 

So we started with chickens. The picture at the top of this post is the whole setup now, but we started out with just building the coop which cost $400 in material but is still cheaper than a store bought one. The front half of the coop the chain link fence is a dog kennel we bought for $220 on sale. The other 180 was material to make the coop. We had trouble with chicken hawks so another $60 was spent to cover the kennel. Then we bought the chain link fence for the back of the coop for $50. We have wire that runs across the top of the back part, but we let the weeds grow up high to camouflage the chickens better and so far this has worked well. 

Before anyone comments about free range, I simply cannot do that. There’s a highway on one side and woods on the other, so far we have lost 5 chickens to coyotes, skunks and chicken hawks. 

In a continued effort to teach our kids where real food comes from, we have a large garden and can green beans, make pickles, and try to put enough away for the winter. The tricky part has been to figure out a planting/harvest ratio. 

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Chickens…Raising The Coop

Once we settled into the country, we decided to raise chickens. Why did we start with chickens? Mostly because our local Rural King was having their “chick days” sale~ you know this happens in February, I personally believe they do this so first time chicken owners like me buy baby chickens in February. Which wouldn’t be such a bad idea except I bought a 30 gallon tote and moved the baby chickens into Becky and I’s bedroom. All was good…until 3 months passed and those baby chicks were not baby’s and our house smelled like a barnyard.

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Me hammering on walls
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Kylie and Kylar helping with the paint
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Kyson helping too

It took two months to get the barnyard smell out of our house.
But has been worth it. We consistently have eggs and my children are learning responsible work ethics and where food really comes from…by the way we homeschool our kids.