Well I have always appreciated what she writes and how she is such a resource to this particular community so I left a note on her blog (which is nice to do on people’s blogs every once in awhile. Hint. Hint) Here is what I said,
Just a quick update on the ladies in the garage…They are just over five weeks old and all excited about life. I started with 20 and now am down to 14 because my friend David got his coop done before me and took them to their “forever home”. We have been foster parents for kids and when they leave it was always hard to see them go. This time around with chickens it is much easier. We were sad for a minute or two but know they would be going to a great home with Dad and at least of the daughters are excited about their new pets makes it much easier.
Check out his coop that he built, I just have this one picture sent from a text. I hope to get more pictures soon of the coop and girls to blog about! But for now here are a few from my garage coop.
There continues to be a steady outpour of snow here in the Northwoods but that cant stop me from getting my 20 chicks a better home. They are still doing great in the garage pen i set up but progress is still needed. These are my plans for the coop. My friend helped me lay it all out on the computer. Those that are local can probably figure out who would put a chicken coop through their CAD program. He has been such a great friend. Today I am filling up the back of the van with some lumber and will start building the walls in the garage very soon. If the snow stays any longer i might need some help chicksitting at your house.
So I pick up Coop: A Year of Poultry, Pigs and Parenting at the recommendation from a friend of mine that lives in the Heartland. I realized it was the same author of Population: 485, about a sleepy little town in northern Wisconsin, which I read last summer. Perry picks up where he left off, but also goes back from where he came. This is not a how to book about chickens and farming. It is a memoir of life on a land that needs to be tended and how family comes into play. The suprising thing thus far about this book is the wonderful reflections of his life when he was a boy growing up on the farm with his parents and the remembrance of the up to 60 foster kids that came into his life.
You will laugh and you will cry (all the things you hope for in a book). Great book from a great writer and farmer.
Check this book out at your library.
So the plan today is to fill this Rubbermaid Tupperware with little chickens today. My local Everett Coop is planning on receiving three different types of chicken. Ameraucana, Rhode Island and Plymouth Rock are the options they plan on getting. Brooder boxes come in all different sizes but they don’t have to be anything special. The main thing is heat and keeping the lamp close enough to keep them warm, but not over heated. As they get older you need to raise the light.