Raising Chickens – Week One

Day old chickens

For more than a year now I’ve been toying with the idea of getting chickens and once again experiencing the satisfaction of wandering down to the “chook house” to collect some “real eggs” for breakfast.

Funny how needs and attitudes change as the last time I did this was about 45 years ago and I’m sure it was accompanied with groans and grumbles about it not being my turn. On the farm locking up the hens and collecting the eggs was just another one of those unwanted after school chores.

When my dear old Mum hollered “get the eggs” my brothers and I knew what she meant and the consequences of not doing so.

Won’t go there … now back to the present.

These shaver brown chicks can’t grow up quick enough as I’m really looking forward to some flavour some free range eggs.

I’m certainly no expert when it comes to raising chickens but having grown up on a farm with hens and roosters about much of whats required will be second nature.

Over the next few months I hope to document the progress of our friendly fowls with the finale being a more than generous breakfast of eggs, bacon and fried potatoes.

Yum I can smell it cooking already … well almost.

Over the next couple of weeks I will also need to design a coop and work out the materials needed. I have a little time up my sleeve however after just five days I can already see these chicks growing.

The photos below show progress made so far in respect to the all important requirements of food, water, accommodation and maintaining the right temperature.

Chicken Feeders

This large storage bin makes for an ideal temporary brooder as its easy to clean and has high sides. Wooden chick starter feeder was a bird feeder I made for a client however it was never collected. After a few minor changes it becomes a nifty chicken feeder.  A plastic container placed upside down provides plenty of clean drinking water.

Placing chicks in brooder

Comfortable and content in their new digs.

Chicks in brooder

Last but not least this heat lamp keeps the chicks warm.

After 5 days all the chicks are doing well so it seems that we’ve covered all the right bases.

Heat lamp

Good night little chicks …

One Response

  1. Lydia
    Lydia |

    ah that brings back childhood memories for me. We use to get about 50 one day old chicks every year and we kept them in a big wooden tea chest that had a heat lamp and plenty of sawdust in the bottom. Loved it :)

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