Chickens

Here on the Light Homestead – we’ve been looking forward to adding our backyard flock for some time, admittedly I had some hesitation at the beginning, but this was something Shannon really wanted, so it was a done deal. Here in Salem, there were some hoops that we have to jump through – there’s a permit process, coop inspection, and a fee… of course there’s a fee… There’s always a fee…

We worked on the coop for quite some time, and throughout the design phase we were inspired by an old school, rustic, chicken shack style. Additionally – it was important to us that we did it from recycled and rehabilitated materials. I can happily say – the only things that are brand new on this build are the fasteners holding it together, the glass in the windows, the chain hanging on the outside, the feeder and waterer, and that’s about it. Everything else was recycled materials. Our girls stayed with some good friends (our chicken mentors) – thank you Tom and Lindsay – until we got their new digs ready.

On May 6th, 2013 – we entered the world of backyard chickens.

Thing 1 and Thing 2 have never been happier…

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Our Fabulous Coop: A huge thank you to my Brother-In-Law, Matthew Miller for helping us make our vision become a reality. The fact that its level, and actually stands independently is entirely his doing…

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Our Girls: (As you can see from the picture, they’re a little shy…)

  • Lady Gray – The Queen of the Roost (Ameracauna Cross)
  • Java – Black Sex-Linked (Dark Body and Feathers)
  • Bekah – Black Sex-Linked (Reddish Head)
  • Arugala – Black Sex-Linked (Pale Face)
  • Chicken Nugget – Black Sex-Linked (white spots on head and neck)

Hard at Work:

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