Last spring I had the brilliant idea I was going to raise some chickens. Now, I have never had any experience with chickens (other than the cooked variety) and had no clue what I was doing. But I was going to give it a try anyway.
We went to the feed store with the kids and picked out 10 cute as a button fuzzy little chickies. The kids were so excited. We brought them home and put them in their coop I had set up in the barn. My girls were such good helpers and took care of them daily. They would go out everyday after school and sit with the birds. They fed them and watered them. It had become their project more than mine.
One morning I went out to check how they were and it was a massacre. Chickens down, feathers everywhere. I was so upset. I started looking for clues as to what had gotten in there. When I saw my little dog across the yard playing with something. Yep, you guessed it. He did it. He dug a hole underneath and must have had a field day.
Well after giving the dog a piece of my mind, I gathered the chickens and cleaned up the mess. I just knew my girls would be devastated. So I did what any Mom would do, I played the ol switcheroo. I went back to the feed store and bought 10 more chicks. I secured the coop as best I could to prevent this from happening again and put the new chicks in the coop. I breathed a sigh of releif , knowing my girls would be none the wiser as to what had happened. Until.....
They came home from school that day and ran out to the barn, I followed. Everything was fine til one of the twins did I a head count. There was 11 chicks! 11!
How did that happen Mom? Why is there 11?
Apparently during the massacre one of the chicks found a hiding place and didn't reveal itself until it was safe.
I had to explain what happened. Since I had already replaced the chicks, they took the news pretty well. All was fine for a couple weeks.
He did it again!
That's 20 chicks.
I still want to try again. So Clyde has promised to build me a proper chicken coop in time for this springs arrival of baby chickens.
I have learned from this experience and will place the coop in an area my dog does not have access to. Wish me luck.