What is a Homestead Without Chickens?

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August 29, 2016 by Mike Oscar Hotel

One of the hardest things about leaving Colorado was abandoning our chickens.  If you don’t think backyard chickens are a thing right now, take this into consideration; we were under contact three different times for our house in CO.  All three people wanted the chickens.  Mind you, we were on a half acre in a subdivision with neighbors close enough that you could underhand a rock and hit their houses.  We left our year-old leghorn hens with the new owners.  They were laying like crazy.

For the last two months, we’ve been buying farm fresh eggs wherever we can and often speak to the woes of not being chicken owners.  At one point in my life, I could never imagine having chickens.  At this point in my life, I can’t imagine not having chickens.  We spend $16 a week on eggs.  That’s not a typo.  I checked what I wrote twice.  I eat eggs every day for breakfast, as do my children, whether it’s in the form of a pancake or an omelet.

Speeding the process along has become a priority for me.  I have a ton of projects to start and finish at our “new” house (it’s 116 years old) before the snow flies and chickens are one of those things that if I put it off that long, it won’t happen until spring. I was driving by a neighbor’s house the other day and saw this.

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Don’t get excited, my little homesteaders.  It isn’t what you think.  My wife exclaimed, “It’s a chicken coop!”

No, dear.  We’re in Maine now.  It’s an ice shack.  It’s a place where you drink beer and complain when you drop your smokes down the hole.

Tomato, tomatoe, I say.

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I put the boys to work screwing on some siding, which was really just a pile of boards that the previous owner so graciously left us.  Really, he left piles of junk everywhere that I’m going to (eventually) have to clean up.  It’ll be hellish in the fall when all of the leaves drop and the Mrs. figures out that we’re about two steps away from actually looking like a landfill.  That’s the beauty of Maine; there’s plenty of green things to hide your messes for six five four months out of the year.

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Anyhow, we’re well on our way to a chicken coop.  Did I pay $350 for the trailer and hut?  Do you kiss your mother with that mouth?  Mike Oscar Hotel doesn’t pay full price.  Remember that.  I got the package deal for $275.  I talked to the guy about how they legalized weed in Colorado for an hour.  By the end, he thought I was way too cool to not give me a discount.

The challenge will be finishing the coop by this weekend so we can get chickens and get on with our homesteading lives.   More posts to come on this subject.

Pax Domini Sit Semper Vobiscum,

Mike, Oscar, Hotel…..out.

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4 thoughts on “What is a Homestead Without Chickens?

  1. Rick Searles says:

    Step one: buy farm. Step 2: get chickens. What is step 3 ?

    • There are a lot of mini steps between 2 and 3. I’ve got a shed that has a falling in roof, house needs to be painted, trees need to be cut (among many, many other projects). Step two will likely come in the spring. I want to raise 100 meat chickens (50 for us, 50 for failure or selling to friends) in rotations of 25. Like, start a group every four weeks, so we won’t be running more than 50 chickens at a time. Step 4 may be a pig or three. Still mulling that one over. Daughter wants a goat, as well. She has certainly earned one.

  2. Michael says:

    Rabbits man, you need to get going on the rabbits again. Have you seen the price they get for them a Shop-N-Save? 25 to 30$ a piece. You raise them I will buy them from you. I’ve got an awesome recipe for Conejo-con-Coco… coconut and rosemary rabbit… The Ice shack re-purpose is awesome. Did it come with the trailer?

    • It did come with the trailer and that’s what sold me. You can’t find an ice shack or a decent trailer for that price and I got both. Trailer needs some work to be road worthy, but nothing I’m not capable of. The family has sworn off rabbits as meat. Ate too much of it in CO. But I think we should. And if I’ve got a buyer for the meat…..why not have a herd of two, right? A doe, on the right breeding rotation, can provide 150 lbs. of meat per year!

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