Wednesday, March 4, 2009


All winter long I have been thinking about how nice it would be to have a flock of chickens in my backyard. After visiting my cousin Eve (Sunny Side Up) and experiencing her flock of Guinea Fowl, I thought I can do this. Now, I love her Guineas, especially that rascal Buddy, but they were just to loud for me. Ear protection required!So, Eve sent me her issue of Hobby Farms Magazine. Very informative.
Then I purchased this book and feel in love with those cute little Bantams.

Then purchased this book, the "bible" of chicken raising. Read all the pros and cons, cons are frightening. But what the heck, if other people can do this why can't I. So, I broke the news to Winslow Homer that he may be spending time on a "run"but the upside was he'd have ten new ladies in his life. A "harem".
After spending a lot of time at Tractor Supply, Blue Seal, and Paris Farmer's Union, I signed myself up for a "chicken seminar" and officially submitted my application for 10 Bantams. My "due" date May 7th. Yipeee, let the nesting begin!


Jenny said...

You sound just a wee bit excited! Roll on May! (-: Arn't chickens noisy too or is that just the roosters? Will you have a rooster? Just curious.

dog trot farm said...

Jenny, I feel like I'm having another child. No roosters for me just females.

Eve said...

It will be May before you know it!! An I have to say those Guinea kids are a lot less noisy these days. I actually had to go look for them, I didn't hear them and they were right in the back yard. So are you thinking of names???

Cedar ... said...

When I buy my eggs at grocery store it's always a mystery as to just how fresh they truly are. You will never have to wonder again. I'll check back to see how it's going. Good luck!

Mountain Woman said...

I'm having a contest on my blog and my readers are searching out new blogs. One of my readers found your blog so here I am. It's wonderful reading and I've enjoyed your entries so much and your photos as well.
I'm getting chickens in June. My first and I'm excited too. I just subscribed to Hobby Farms and can't wait to learn more about raising them.
Glad to have found you!

dog trot farm said...

Eve, after having sons it will be fun to think up girly names.
Mountain Women, we can share our chicken adventures together. How many are you getting? Did you know on the site "My Pet Chicken "they sell diapers for chickens! My DH told me not to get any ideas! I am looking forward to the day when we do have fresh eggs however, I only use eggs in baking, I'm not an egg person, but my DH sure is!

DayPhoto said...

I found you from Mountain Woman's blog and zipped right over.

I have a link to a neat Chicken Magazine on my site if you are interested.


Farmgirl_dk: said...

Oh, this is VERY exciting. I'm so happy for you. Yes, it's very scary at first. But the rewards far outweigh all that scary stuff. And, for the most part, you'll only read about the scary stuff and never have to experience it firsthand. I say, just jump in with both feet. I'm betting you'll never look back.

Roxy loves her chickens. She enjoys hanging out in the chicken pasture with them. She's very chill about the whole thing. No running or chasing after. Unfortunately, she equally loves the little, um, droppings they leave behind. She considers them their personal gift to her. Ewwwww!

dog trot farm said...

Roxy is a lady, just like Daisy Lu.Winslow is lacking in the manners department. It will be interesting to say the least.