This weekend, our friend Jen who writes the Nyack Backyard blog, told us about a tailgate chicken and goat sale in the Hudson Valley. This was truly a tailgate sale, meaning there were pick-up trucks lined up selling their wares. The wares were chicks, chickens, goats, peacocks, doves and pigeons. We showed up to scout out what was available since we first have to plan out a chicken coop.
We have a large area that could theoretically accomodate at least 20 chickens. The area needs to be fenced, permits need to be gotten and all sorts of things need to be learned about chicken raising. We're relying on a few sources: our friends Joy and Rebecca at Bluefield farm whom we currently buy our eggs from and the old reliable: books. We've chosen the highly rated and recommended Storey's Guide to Raising Chickens, 3rd Edition.
We want to find chickens that lay a variety of eggs: blue, green, white, brown and these interesting "black" penedescenca eggs.
There were little chicks under heat lamps all around. I wanted this little gal, an Araucana that lays blue eggs.
Now, we're off to explore chicken coops. We'll start at 6 this summer but will add on another 6 next spring. I mean, I assume taking care of 12 is no harder than taking care of 6, right?
And then there are the goats we want....
What will our crazy Frenchie Archie do with this guy around?