Plus, chickens are funny. Really - just find yourself a couple of chickens and sit and watch them for a while.
I found a really good and inexpensive coop design on Mother Earth News. It uses a dog crate, which I have, and welded mesh fencing and hog rings, which I don't have. I am looking forward to going to Tractor Supply to get them.
I have been browsing chicken catalogs and websites for ages, trying to decide what kind of chickens I want. Top of my list are Ameracaunas, which lay the blue tinted eggs. They are so pretty! We barely go through a dozen eggs here at our house, so theoretically, I don't need a whole lot of chickens. A good layer will give you nearly an egg a day.
But the breeds! There are SO MANY interesting breeds! "SO MANY" being the operative words here.... I finally decided to order based on interesting looks, and not on production capacity. Add in the fact that I am sure to lose some to inexperience and snakes (and maybe the dogs), and some will wind up being roosters, I have hedged my bets and ordered seven chicks.
These are some sketches of some of the breeds I selected. I tell you, I canNOT WAIT to see these funny guys walking around my yard, and listen to their gentle, inquisitive clucking.
Except for the roosters. I can wait for those. Generally, they are aggressive and noisy. If some of my fluffy little chickies grow up to be roosters, they are destined for the soup pot, so I can look forward to a new skill: butchering chickens.
So, now I wait. I wait until March 23rd, when I will get a call from the post office that they have a noisy box full of holes for me to come pick up.
Wish me luck!