The day before Easter, we stopped off at the Tractor Supply & bought some baby chickens.  We have been wanting to do this for some time now, but have always ‘chickened out’ (nice play of words, right?).  

This year, we decided to take the plunge.  We have a couple of sheds out back, and have started to convert one of them into the chicken coop.  We are also in the process of building a run off to the side of it. has some GREAT ideas & plans…tons of information!

We got 6 red pullets, 2 black sexlinks, & 2 dominques – all are great breeds for egg laying, which is why we decided to do this.  We currently buy fresh farm eggs, and we got through a bunch – about 4 dozen a week.  At about $2.50 for a dozen, that adds up fast.

My daughters insisted that we name them, but we can only tell 6 of them apart from the others – so 4 of them are nameless at this point.  So far we have Chloe, Cocoa, Lily, Clara, Honey, & Martie.  My husband named Martie after Back to the Future – and my daughters changed the spelling from a ‘y’ to an ‘ie’ because they considered it more ‘girlie’ -haha.  

We have them in the brooder right now, and they should be big enough to go into their coop in about 6 weeks.

Do any of you have chickens, or anyone else thinking about getting some?