First a huge thank you is in order to My Pet Chicken for sponsoring such an amazing giveaway this month! This was by far our most popular giveaway yet with over 1100 entries. One lucky winner was selected at random with the help of a random number generator to win the Clubhouse Chicken Coop. The winner will have to identify where they found the 5 hidden Tilly emoticons in order to claim the prize within the next 24 hours (deadline is April 18, 2012, 1:15pm East Coast Time). The winner should email me at: [email protected] with links to all 5 Tillys. If the winner fails to locate all the Tilly’s in the time frame allowed, a new winner will be randomly selected.
A few years ago, I decided to make my dream of owning chickens a reality. It was a huge leap into the unknown for me. I had researched, read and talked to a few people that I knew of at the time keeping backyard chickens. I was nervous, but I decided to go for it. The worst that would happen would be that I didn’t care for it and someone would have to take my chickens and I would sell the coop. The turning point for me in taking the step to chickens was finding and discovering My Pet Chicken.
Their website was amazing. I drooled over chicken coops that they had available. I even called up their customer service a few times just to talk and have a few questions answered that I could not find answers for on my own. I was impressed but mostly, they helped me believe in myself and that I actually could keep chickens.
You see, a few years ago, there was very little information out there in one good concise place where people who kept backyard chickens could go for answers. This was a place that seemed to understand my goals, situation and needs. I felt as though they held my hand every step of the way even after my chicks had arrived. I owe my chicken keeping to them.
Wonderfully, I soon discovered all about the fascinating world of backyard chickens. I was hooked. I started a blog for a number of reasons. First, I wanted to keep a sort of online journal about their stories, findings and lessons that I learned from the flock. Second, I had found myself compiling and bookmarking information on certain topics that I wanted to learn more about. I decided to start writing posts about these issues and referencing my bookmarks in them to make it easier to find a truly comprehensive place to store things that I was learning. Lastly, I wanted to be a voice. I wanted to be a person that encouraged those that were still on the fence about keeping a flock in how easy and rewarding a keeping a flock could be.
Here are the basics for starting out:
First, you will need to determine which chicken breeds are right for you and your family. Here is an awesome tool that only My Pet Chicken has to help you find your way. This helps you to stay focused as there are so many beautiful breeds and eggs.
You will need to set up a brooder. Did you know that My Pet Chicken makes it simple with their brooder kit? I love this and this makes it so easy! I also did a helpful post on brooders that can be found here.
Finally, you will need to find a chicken coop and run to keep your six week and older chickens safe and happy. It will need to have a run, roosts, nesting boxes (1 per 4 hens)
This coop retails for $629.00 and can be yours!
Here is how to enter to win this coop:
This chicken coop giveaway ends on April 16, 2012 at 11:59pm East Coast Time. The coop will only be shipped to an address located in the continental United States. Individuals who leave the locations of the 5 emoticons in their comment will instantly be disqualified.
When placing a minimum order for chicks at My Pet Chicken you will receive a free mystery standard size female chick with your order when you use the order code: babytilly. One free chick per customer.
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