We’ve been talking about having chickens in the backyard ever since we came up with the plan to move back to the little house, and now that we are here, Ella won’t let us live it down. Eventually we plan to convert both the front and back yard from lawn to garden, but since this summer we will still be renovating, and Polliwog will still be so little, we are trying not to put too much on our plates. Ella is willing to put off the garden and tree house this year, but chickens seems to be nonnegotiable. She asks nightly to read her egg book, she loves to watch the HenCam, and she looks skeptically at store bought eggs, because “You know mom, if we had our chickens, we wouldn’t have to buy these.” After talking it over, chickens do seem like a logical place to start, since once we start the garden we’ll need to learn canning and preserving right away as well, so if this isn’t the year for chickens, it won’t be for a while.
According to everything I’ve found, in Spokane we are limited to three chickens (no roosters), which sounds just about right for us anyway. Tom is excited to build a little coop, and this “Garden Coop” looks perfect. I’m doing some research on breeds , and the basics of how to keep them alive, but right now, it seems fairly simple. Hopefully by the time the back yard is green again, we’ll have a small coop back there behind the garage.
Resources we’ve found helpful:
Craig’s series on raising urban chickens, and building a coop of his own design
And be careful doing research ya’ll – even searching for “Chickens” at your local library, you may fall into a “How to catch a predator” trap. Stay classy Spokane!