Since I've had several inquiries about what kind of chickens we got in the mail and how we are housing them, I thought I would go ahead and bore every last one of you with those details.
We ordered our chicks from eFowl after my mom emailed me a link which very nearly got deleted in my spam folder because she put "Get chicks online!" in the subject line. I don't know about you, but I think I was justified in thinking "HUH?! Why in the world is Grammy sending me spam about picking up girls online?!"
And then I realized she REALLY did mean chicks. As in chickens. Not girls.
So, then My Madison carefully researched which breeds are the most abundant layers, which have gentle dispositions, and which lay colorful eggs, because
- We want lots of eggs to eat and to sell.
- We don't want to have to wrestle chickens to take their eggs and risk having our eyes pecked out, and honestly who does? Am I right?
- We like pretty colors.
Efowl has a minimum order of 20, so we settled on 5 females each of 4 breeds.
- Ameraucana ("The Easter egg breed" blue and green eggs)
- Black Australorp ("Egg laying champion", brown eggs)
- Welsummer (dark reddish brown eggs)
- Danish Brown Leghorn (white eggs)
The shipping for our order was $13.25, and the site guarantees our order of only females. Our total for this order was $68.15, which I paid with Paypal, which is funded by the ads on this site. So... THANK YOU for visiting! You just helped to pay for our chickens!
We are keeping them in our storage shed in the cardboard box our swingset came in, with pine shavings in the bottom and a heat lamp on one end. As they get older, they will live in the storage shed which we will convert to a hen house by adding perches and nest boxes.
During the day we hope to let them free range in the large fenced yard around the shed, and they will spend their nights shut up in the safety of the shed so they can supply us with all the eggs we need, plus plenty to sell.
At least that is the way we hope it all plays out.