It’s been more than 2 months since we brought Fluffy and Yellow home. They were merely 4-day-old chicks when we got them. (Read how we got them here) We kept them in a brooder at home for a while. We knew we were going to keep them so I set out to find a proper coop. I found one that I felt is the best setup for our backyard on eBay and ordered. I got it in a week.
We set it up on June 23rd. It was really easy, that it took us only 30 minutes, with the help of the children. I have been reading especially on The Chicken Chick’s website, on the details of the proper coop setup. The Chicken Chick’s website is one of the best resource for an urban backyard chicken owner out there.
The coop has a decent living quarters with a roost bar. Initially, I put a long feeder in the coop but I read you don’t need feeder or waterer in the living quarters, so I took it out later.
I got hanging waterer and feeder from Amazon.com. These are rather small. We only have 3 chickens, pretty sufficient for now.
As per The Chicken Chick’s advice, we put washed sand on the floor of the run. I also got a litter scoop to keep it clean. It has been working pretty well. The poop is going in the compost bin.
Since we got the coop, we decided to pick up another hen. We know Fluffy is a rooster and Yellow is a hen. We thought Yellow would appreciate another female friend. Not that Fluffy wouldn’t appreciate another hen. My son wanted a black hen this time. My daughter named her “Chick Vader”.
Chickens got used to their new home pretty quickly. However, it took about a week for Fluffy and Yellow to welcome Chick Vader in the flock. Again, as per The Chicken Chick’s recommendation, we kept her in the make-shift chicken run (old playpen) until they get used to each other. During the process, poor Chick Vader was pecked few times, but luckily was not hurt. My son was very upset with Fluffy, that he pecked on Chick Vader.
We leave them out in the backyard when we are at home. They scratch and peck around the grass and my veggie garden. Luckily, they haven’t harmed any crops. We keep them in the run, when we are not at home.
- Yellow is Orpington – Backyardchickens Orpington
- Fluffy is White Leghorn – Backyardchickens Leghorn
- Chick Vader is Australorp – Backyardchickens Australorp.
They are all good friends now.
Chick Vader is about 3 weeks younger than Fluffy and most probably 4 weeks younger than Yellow.
I am learning a lot about chickens and taking care of chickens. Fluffy is a big cockerel now. He started to crow about 2 weeks ago. At first, he sounded like he had laryngitis. Now his voice is getting fuller and louder. He loves his snacks by thew way. He recognizes the package.
We take him in at night and keep him in a dark box until humane hours of the morning. When we let him out, he and the girls meetup with joy. He crows frequently during the day as well. We found a new home for this beautiful boy. I know my son will be heartbroken to separate from him. He adores Fluffy even though he likes Chick Vader as well, he’s his first real pet. My son was very content about the solution, that we keep him inside to keep him from crowing at sunrise. Eventually, we’ll need to find a better home to him, where he can crow whenever he wants and has more hens and other roos to play with.
Chickens love corn. They were trying to get some from kids’.
My son putting Fluffy and Chick Vader into their coop for the evening.
I read these books.
- Chicken in every yard is a very solid, comprehensive reference book for beginners. I learned a lot from this book.
- Free range chicken gardens is more about integrating chickens and a garden (either vegetable or flower)
- Chick days is more about the first few months of chickens, hatching, brooders etc. This book was very basic for me at the time I started reading it. As it name says, it is “An Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Raising Chickens from Hatching to Laying”. It would have been great if I had time to read it before the chicks came home.