After several rounds of possum-, dog-, and raccoon-related mishaps, we’ve just received our third round of chickens. Here’s my patient partner Amanda May unpacking the chicks and explaining the process:
Here’s where we ordered the chickens and information on the assortment. Believe it or not, there are apparently chickens who will lay green and blue tinted eggs!
If you’re pursuing backyard chickens, the following may be helpful as well:
- A maker’s guide to backyard hens.
- A chicken moat: medieval-style chicken awesomeness
- Some easier chicken coop designs
- My chicken tractor design: a portable cage. If you build this, be sure to use 1/4″ hardware mesh to make it more secure…
- And, with all your egg shells, crazy quality egg art!
In spite of inquiries with numerous Austin officials, I can’t find any actual regulation limiting the number of chickens: there’s just noise regulations and a 50-foot setback from residences. So, I’ll test that by having 25 birds living in my yard… Happy backyard chickening!