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Motor City Homestead » Blog Archive » It’s been a long, cold winter

It’s been a long, cold winter

We’ve spent the past several months just recovering from our remodeling marathon.  But, spring is in the air.  The last few nights in front of the fire, Amy and I started planning our summer garden.  I’ll lay out some plans in future posts.  But, even more exciting, is an idea that’s been brewing for a couple of years in the back of my head.  Chickens, baby.  If you don’t have a rooster, they are pretty quiet.  They eat anything and everything (seriously - my brother chad has stories that would turn your stomach) and they turn it all into eggs and meat.

 I finally got the all clear from Amy, so yesterday we made the 2 hour trek out to Bellevue to buy some hens.  It’s weird how fast chickens get snapped up once they are posted in a classified ad.  For a two weeks, every time I called on local chicks or hens, they were already gone.  Who knew they were in such high demand.  But a family in Bellevue had several for sale, and I jumped on them.  Now the shoes on the other foot, and some other indecisive chump will have to keep looking.  Eat my dust, homesteader wannabees!!

We had considered purchasing chicks, but they are a lot of work and don’t start laying for 4 - 6 months.  We decided on grown hens because they are usually cheap, can start laying immediately, and don’t require transitional housing or heat lamps.  So we boxed them up, brought them home, and I scrambled (no pun intended) all afternoon to put together some housing.  When I finally pulled them out of their box, what do you know . . . .

1st egg of the year

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