So we all rushed to get dressed- and run down to the post office to pick up our day old chickens!! I think everyone at the post office got a chuckle out of it! We were SO excited!! We ran right home and spent the rest of the morning setting things up. The first few weeks, before their wings are too long, you can just put the chickens in a large plastic tote, with a little hamster litter on the bottom, some fresh food & water, and a nice heat lamp on them to keep them warm. You don’t even need a lid yet! Once they got big enough, my husband actually built a beautiful coop outside for our ‘ladies’ to live in! We used to spend so much time outside just watching them, petting them, and throwing them treats to eat! (ah the life before kids!)
What did we feed them? Well, a bag of chicken feed (crushed pellets) cost about $12, and we also bought them a large bag of treats (called scratch- basically just corn kernels) which ran about $8. And of course everything we had as food scraps in the house got thrown out to the girls. Yes, we even fed them cooked chicken & eggs! 🙂 Once the hens hit about 6 months old they started laying eggs. Our very own FRESH ORGANIC chicken eggs! YUM! They were fabulous! I picked up some free chickens that were posted on craigslist, so we were running about 24 hens…..which means 24 eggs- EVERY DAY! What in the world was I supposed to do with all these eggs?? So we decided to start advertising on craigslist for our organic chicken eggs! We sold them for $2 a dozen…..brown eggs, pinkish eggs, spotted eggs, blue-green eggs! The different colored eggs represented the different breeds of chickens- but they all tasted the same. We were selling eggs so quickly that we had more than enough money to cover all of our chicken feed expenses-plus some!
It was a great lessons for our oldest son- he was probably one of the few 1 year olds that could run around and catch chickens like a pro! We taught him how to feed & water the chickens, as well as collect their eggs. We used to spend hours outside sitting in the yard hand feeding the girls blades of grass! Sweet memories!
DID YOU KNOW??
Interesting Facts You Didn’t Know About Chickens & their Eggs
- The color of the egg determines the breed of chicken.
- Different colored eggs taste the same.
- Some rare chicken breeds have eggs that sell for over $12 a dozen!
- Chickens live about 3 years.
- The chicken eggs you get in the grocery store are about 2-3 months old when you get them!
- Fresh chicken eggs can stay OUT of the refridgerator about 14 days before starting to turn bad.
- A hen DOES lay eggs EVERY day- even without a rooster! (they only fertilize with a rooster however)
- Buying baby chicks cost about $2 each, whereas an adult chicken can sell online for $75 (off craigslist about $20!- we sold 12 of our ladies for $250!!!)
- Chickens are the EASIEST animal we’ve ever owned! Put a bucket of food out once a week, make sure they have water- and that’s it- REALLY!
- If you walk too close to a chicken and they are scared- they do a “Chicken Squat”!
- I had several chickens die……of chicken pox! (not like our chicken pox, but a poultry variety!)
- Chickens take baths in the dirt to keep bugs off of them.