Since getting my first peep of sweet chicks in June 2019, I’ve become super smitten with my backyard chickens! On this page I’m sharing practical advice for new chicken keepers, funny and sad chicken stories, plus chicken and egg themed DIY and craft projects!
Year One: Getting Chicks!
In the first year, I bought a batch of 10 Ameraucana chicks, impulse bought two Silkie chicks, culled a sick chick, re-homed my beautiful roosters once they grew, and then bought additional pullets (one died later and the other was sick, so I re-homed her to a couple who were way more knowledgeable than I about treating ill hens).
Such a Journey, But Look at the Eggs!
So much chicken heartbreak, but in the fall I was rewarded with beautiful aqua eggs!
Year Two – More Changes and Sad Stories
In my second year of keeping chickens, I lost many more chicks and chickens. I guess I was lucky my first year! This time, I lost two chicks in transit and then a few more as they grew. I had two chicks with developmental leg issues (I was able to cure the one). Plus I lost both of my grown silkie chickens from the first batch of chicks, which broke my heart.
Year Three: Trying to Hatch My Own Chicks
In my third year, I ordered olive eggers but my chick order was cancelled by the small hatchery, so I decided not to add to my flock. But then a hen went broody and she managed to hatch 7 out of 8 eggs! They’re Ameraucana and Maran chicks. We’re so eggcited!
Currently, my flock is a mixed flock of all different kinds of beautiful chicken breeds (2 Australorps, 2 Ameraucanas, 2 Cream Legbars, 1 Barnevelder, 1 Speckled Sussex, 1 Wyandotte, and 1 Swedish Blue Hen).
You can read ALL of my posts about chickens chronologically by clicking this link.
Interested in getting chickens? Here are the most important posts:
- How Much Work Are Backyard Chickens?
- How to Set Up a Brooder for Chicks
- How to Build a Modern DIY Coop
- How to Keep Chickens Warm in Extreme Cold Winter
- How Much Calcium to Hens Need?
Here are all of my posts about raising chicks and keeping backyard chickens, from building a DIY chicken coop to enjoying their beautiful aqua eggs and sharing chickens stories – happy and sad!
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PRACTICAL ADVICE & DIY PROJECTS
CHICKEN & EGG CRAFT PROJECTS
EASY EGG RECIPES
Click here to see all of my recipes, from drinks to desserts. Below you’ll find some recipes dedicated to helping backyard chicken keepers use up lots of eggs!
P.S. Have a chicken lover in your life?
Click the link to find my hand picked list of sweet items for backyard chicken keepers. And check out this post to see my round up of beautiful egg holders – another great gift idea for chicken lovers.