A New Adventure for this Hippie Chick: Chickens and Bees

Tom and I have talked about getting chickens for years.  We are working each year to add to our methods of becoming self sustainable – we have a fruit orchard, extensive vegetable garden, and are adding to those every year.  Well, this is the year to add chickens.

Chickens are not only good for eating bugs and providing fertilizer, but they will provide us with fresh eggs.  I am also looking forward to bonding with them.  I keep hearing and reading that owning chickens is highly rewarding.

In preparation for our “girls”, I have been reading nd joining forums and discussion groups.  I found a really great forum called “Backyard Chickens” – it has 30,000 members!  It is a great resource for new and seasoned  chicken owners.  I found a great avatar for my profile on the forum:

This weekend we will be building the coop. We are going to convert part of an old horse shed on our property into the house for our chickens.  We looked at all sorts of plans for building chicken houses and realized that the horse shed would be perfect – and inexpensive to convert!  After we build the coop, we will get our chickens.  We haven’t quite decided from whom or what kind, or if we should get chicks (the problem with getting chicks is that you don’t know if they are girls are boys….).

The names we have chosen for our chickens (we plan to get six) are:

Lucy, Ethel, Wilma, Betty, LaVerne, Shirley

We are very excited over this adventure!

This weekend we are also getting our Italian Honey Bees.  Tom has the beehive ready and has all the gear needed for getting them started and maintaining them.  He has a year’s worth of experience maintaining a beehive, so we are in good shape. We are looking forward to lots of honey this year!

So “Tom and Dee’s Excellent Adventures” continue.  Look for more posts, with photos, of our latest activities with these new additions!

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