Chickens In the House!

For over a year I have been incessantly begging for chickens.  It has been on my bucket list to raise chickens.  Aaron keeps saying no.  He’s been using zoning as an excuse.  Today, I debunked that myth.

Ever since I’ve started eating gluten free, the amount of eggs I eat has doubled.  I LOVE eggs.  I eat eggs in every way possible.  We buy eggs like Elizabeth Taylor bought jewelry.

Our anniversary is on Monday, and all I wanted was CHICKENS:  the gift that keeps on giving.  (Way better than Jam-Of-The-Month if you ask me.)

And I got chickens.

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We picked them out at IFA, and you know, they put them in a Happy Meal Box!  A chicken nugget package.

Urban Farming, Chickens (Interiors By Kenz)

We are keeping them in the former office for a week until the weather is warmer.  Then we’ll move them to the garage.  They will probably be in their box for about 5 weeks.

That gives me 5 weeks to build a coop.  I have no idea the style or direction we want to go in.  But you can bet that I’ll be exhausting Google the next few days trying to get my plan together.  Also, don’t search Chicken Coup, it’s different than Chicken Coop.  Not that that’s how I tried to spell it… *awkwardly looks around*

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The pups have been nosy about what’s in the box.

Urban Farming, Chickens (Interiors By Kenz)

But they’re friendly dogs.  Buster loves the little chirping noise, and wants to be their friend.  He just sits outside the box to protect them.

Urban Farming, Chickens (Interiors By Kenz)

The Pom Poms are Golden Campines.  They’re hardy and do well in the winter.  They’re a great breed for our temperamental climate.

Urban Farming, Chickens (Interiors By Kenz)

The Pom Poms turn my heart into an otter pop on Independence Day.

Urban Farming, Chickens (Interiors By Kenz)

Aaron bought this book for me to read, but he hasn’t given me a chance.  He’s more than half way through.  He’s acting like he didn’t want chickens, but he’s secretly more excited than I am.

Urban Farming, Chickens (Interiors By Kenz)

Urban Farming, Chickens (Interiors By Kenz)

Urban Farming, Chickens (Interiors By Kenz)

Urban Farming, Chickens (Interiors By Kenz)

It was really hard to get Buster to leave the room.  He loves just watching them and being there listening to their little cheeps.

Urban Farming, Chickens (Interiors By Kenz)

Urban Farming, Chickens (Interiors By Kenz)

Urban Farming, Chickens (Interiors By Kenz)

They finally fell asleep.

Urban Farming, Chickens (Interiors By Kenz)

Urban Farming, Chickens (Interiors By Kenz)

Urban Farming, Chickens (Interiors By Kenz)

Best anniversary gift ever.

I’m feeling really intimidated at the thought of building the coop.  At the same time I’m really looking forward to it.  I’ve always wanted to be an urban farmer.  I think that means you listen to your iPod while you wear overalls.

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  • Emma (Broke Ass Home)

    CHICKENSSSS.

    Okay, now I’m excited.

    (wait…weren’t you upset because your neighbor was stashing chickens in their garage? was it just jealousy…)

    • Kenz

      No no no.. I was upset they were stashing a ROOSTER in their garage. Mainly because it crows all.day.long. We are NOT having any roosters . I refuse. I’m perfectly fine with chickies.

  • http://twitter.com/SandpaperGlue Stephanie

    OMG I WANT THOSE CHICKENS!!!! I am so so so jealous. Can I come over and play? Check out my “I want chickens” pinterest board for coop ideas :).

    I made matt go to an info session with me last week and finally got him on board with my chicken dreams, but he said I have to wait until after we go on our honeymoon (next summer) because we don’t have anyone to come to our house everyday for two weeks to care for them while we’re gone.

    • Kenz

      YES come over and play! I’ll have to go check out your pinterest board. A lot of the coops I looked at were really complex. I want something nice looking, but not overly complex.

  • Gretchen

    Yay chickens! I love chickens. I miss my chickens. (although I went and got myself a hunting dog, so chickens might not be the best idea anymore). Our coop was a modified dog pen. But in these days of increased woodworking confidence, I think we’d come up with something prettier. Isn’t it cute how baby chickens look like they’re dead when they sleep?

    • Kenz

      haha, you’re probably right that a hunting dog wouldn’t be the best option to mix with chickies. It seriously is the cutest when they sleep. They are just limp and still. I DID think they were dead at the store. Until the worker reached in and they all started running around. So so so cute.

  • Katja @ Shift Ctrl ART

    OMG you can’t just launch a post like that without a cuteness alert first. Now *I* want chickens. And I don’t even like eggs. Pom poms…. so cute. I can’t wait to see what you build. That should be fun. There should be plenty of inspiration to get on Pinterest and possibly IKEA hackers too – but may be more bunny related over there.

    • Kenz

      lol YOU’RE RIGHT! What was I thinking, not putting an alert at the top! I’m really excited to build a custom coop. It will be great!

  • Tara @ Suburble

    Ahhhh!!! I’m so jealous! I’ve been trying to wear my husband down into submission when it comes to backyard chickens. However, he’s totally not. into. it. I’ll see how close he is to caving this year. I lived on a hobby farm when I was a kid and we always had chickens. They’re not too complicated, but that means they’re also not too smart. At all.

    Try googling “Chicken tractor” and see if you find anything you like. I really like the idea of the coop being mobile (thus, they get to peck and poop on multiple places in the yard) and you can always move them closer to the house when it gets cold.

    How exciting for you guys! Wait ’til you have your first egg!

    • Kenz

      That’s a great idea to have it be mobile! Keep talking your husband into it. He’ll eventually cave :)
      I AM SO EXCITED TO GET EGGS!

  • Paige Swarbrick

    that is so cool!!! I secretly (okay, not so secretly) want goats one day. just two. to play with. and get milk from. to make goat cheese out of. squeeeeeee!

    • Kenz

      YES!!! Please get goats!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/bethany.e.kline Bethany Kline

    I love it, I am so excited for you, mostly just because I want to live vicariously through you especially when it comes to the chicken coop. I can’t wait to see what you make!! I have issues with chickens, in that I dont trust them, lol. shifty eyes, ya know…. I don’t trust horses either, but give me a goat or an alpaca any day of the week. that’s my obsession. I have been begging my husband for a goat for months and months!

    • http://www.facebook.com/mekenzie.crowder Mekenzie Burton Crowder

      ALPACA!!! YES!!! I’ve always wanted to go packing. Let’s plan a trip :)

      • http://www.facebook.com/bethany.e.kline Bethany Kline

        agreed! where shall we go first?!

  • http://twitter.com/decorandthedog Michelle

    Can I say that you are quickly becoming one of my favorites to read? It’s true.

    I have a bird phobia but the hipster in me is digging the raise your own eggs thing. We always had baby chicks when I was growing up. I’m sure Ike would totally love a chick now. Too bad they turn into large, poke-your-eyes-out-while-you-sleep chickens.

    • Kenz

      Say whaaaaaat? You are one of MY favorites to read. Even when you post poison-to-kenz-monster-cookies that make me want to lick my screen :)
      You should embrace your inner hipster gene and get a chicken! Then we could exchange chicken secrets. I think your phobia may be linked to your baby phobia too. Is it the germs?

  • http://everyday-simple.blogspot.com/ Rachel

    YAYY!! You have chickens!! Ah, that is so exciting! We had them all growing up – fresh eggs in the morning are the BEST. You are going to love having them. Except when they peck you with their beak when they get older. Sometimes that really hurts, haha. And their messes aren’t always the funnest to clean up. But – EGGS.

    • http://www.facebook.com/mekenzie.crowder Mekenzie Burton Crowder

      haha, I have definitely heard the “cons” of chickens! I keep holding strong to the fact that the pros are better. EGGS!!!

  • Vanlun

    Hi, Kenz This is cool. I can’t wait to hear more about your sweet chicks.

    • http://www.facebook.com/mekenzie.crowder Mekenzie Burton Crowder

      Thanks Vanessa! I’m pretty excited about them!

  • Vanlun

    Hi, Kenz

    I meant to tell you about a blogger who writes about Chicks. It’s the coolest blog and she tells you how to care for them, feed them, coops, and so on. She has the most pretties chickens too. : ) Here is her blog. Hope it helps.

    http://www.the-chicken-chick.com

    • Kenz

      Thanks so much for sharing Vanessa! This is awesome! You’re great :)

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