Oh, hello blog. Seems you might want an update once in a while, hey?
Well, here is some fun news. We have chickens.
Yes, that’s right, here in New Westminster we are allowed chickens! We were cooler long before the city of Vancouver’s much publicized chicken bylaw forming. There are rules in the City of New Westminster about what you can and cannot do with your chickens (no selling of the eggs, for example) and limits about how many and what not, but yes! My tiny little city in the middle of a giant regional district allows hens.
Meet Noodle and Giblet. They are silver laced Wyandottes (WHY-ANN-DOTS) and are about 4-5 months old. Giblet might be a bit younger. They were $30 each.
Noodle at the front is a bit bigger, a bit whiter, and decidely more stupid. Giblet at the back is the brains of the operation (if chickens can have brains, Giblet has them) being the first to venture and explore the great landmark of backyard construction: The Poulet Chalet.
A few word about resources: The Poulet Chalet plans came from a helpful book entitled “Chicken Coops: 50 Building Plans for Housing your Flock” (if you’re in New Westminster, this book is available at the public library) and we’ve also referred quite a bit to a book on loan to us from our pet sitter, called “Storey’s Guide to Raising Chickens” (link is to Amazon because NWPL doesn’t have it.) We also got a good deal of info from www.backyardchickens.com as well as another local resident / chicken keeper who wrote this post. It also helps that I have memories of having chickens as a kid.
Ross spent a ridiculous amount of time and effort on the coop, and if we were to do it again, we’d buy a premade one from someone on Craigslist for $250 or find some other premade option. All in all, it cost us probably about $400 – but remember Ross bought high grade lumber and we didn’t scrimp on much.
Regardless, Kale is in love with the chickens, Mooki is hell bent on eating them, and the chickens seem to have settled in nicely. Eggs are due in 1-3 months. Once they get up to production, the chickens should each lay 1 egg every 25 hours – but we’ll see. Happy chickens mean happy eggs.