Having chickens was something I always dreamed of having SOMEDAY. You know, that idyllic thought of how life could be simpler, healthier and I’d create a tiny little backyard farm but knew zilch about actually doing it?
My journey into urban homesteading began several years ago when we lived in a much smaller house with a small backyard in Illinois. I knew there was no way we can accomplish what I longed for in that space so I began researching. I read Mother Earth magazines and Grit. I dug through online sites and began slowly learning bits and pieces.
About two weeks ago we finally bit the bullet and bought our first chickens. I knew they would be cute but I had no clue just how much so.
Here’s a picture of our 12 hens on the day we brought them home. They were already one week old.
We bought 4 each of Rhode Island Red, Buff Orpington and Barred Rock and I have to say that after only two weeks their varying personalities have shone through. The RIR seem to be pretty mild-mannered at this point. The Buff’s are calmer and enjoy sitting on a roosting pole. The Barred Rock are proving to be little tricksters, very intelligent and great foragers.
We’ve learned a lot over the past two weeks, and I’ll be sure to share some of that information as we go, along with updated pictures for you to see how quickly they grow.