We got our first fluffy, chirpy baby chicks around this time of year 2 years ago, when La Mesa changed its ordinances to allow for hens (no roosters) in neighborhoods. If you’ve been thinking about raising backyard chickens, spring is a beautiful season in which to do it.
Our chickens are our pets, and we adore their social personalities and interesting behaviors. We try to keep them on their side of the yard, but they always want to “fly the coop” and visit with us.
They like the cats.
And the fresh dirt of the front yard.
They have happy lives and have added a lot of happiness to ours as well.
We have a total of 4 hens, and they each generally lay 1 healthy, organic and delicious egg each day, which is actually more than we need so we give a lot away.
We’ve learned some things by trial and error that I thought you might like to know BEFORE you enter the world of chicken raising. I’ve partnered with East County Feed & Supply, our source of chicks, feed and supplies to provide some insights and for an extra fun baby chick giveaway! Comment on this post for your chance to win 2 chicks and some supplies & accessories.
Do you know why we’re giving away 2 and not 1? Chickens are social and do not like to be alone. They also like to be about the same age. We tried to introduce our sweet Fannie to full grown hens, and they rejected her. That’s how we ended up with her sister, Buffy.
Did you know that chickens don’t lay eggs until about 6 months? That they eat and drink often? That they poop ALOT?
Different breeds have different personalities, and they can lay different color eggs. They are all fun companions and great bug eaters.
East County Feed has a FREE poultry class this Sunday, March 19th at 10: 30 a.m. No need to sign up for the class, just show up with your questions and feel free to bring a friend to 10845 Woodside Avenue in Santee.
Don’t forget to ask a question or post a comment here to win your own sweet spring chickens!