Chickens in the Suburban Backyard
I've done it! Jumped aboard the chicken wagon.
I found a local guy who builds coops and raises eggs and chickens and had him build me a "tractor" so I could move it around if I wanted to.
The picture above is before the wheels got added. The door to the right goes right into the nesting boxes so I can easily get the eggs once the hens start laying. It's heavy but I can lift it (by the handle in the foreground) and move it around.
It was very cold here when we first got the chicks so I had a heat lamp in there for a while. But now they're all feathered out and doing fine on their own. I've also moved the coop into my side yard since I don't need power to it anymore.
I started with 6 chicks but three turned out to be roosters so they are gone. I've decided to stay at 3 for a while and we'll see how that goes.
Inside the cop they've got the nesting boxes and a perch, plus a pine shaving covered floor. The picture above is when they were very young. They grew fast! I've had them about 9 weeks now. They were different ages when I got them, with the oldest (the white one, a Light Sussex) being 8 weeks then.
It's been a learning experience. The older roosters were picking the feathers out of the little rooster's hind end so he was a sorry sight for a bit.
I found a great online resource for learning about chickens: BackyardChickens.com. There's a lot of good information plus a very active forum where you can ask questions, see pictures of various coops, etc.
My town's rules say I can have up to 6 hens and no roosters, which is fine with me. Check your local zoning laws as they are different all over and many are changing to get with the new urban homesteading trends.
Books I'm reading to learn more include: