Grimsby is by no means an Urban centre….so it seems kinda funny to refer to it as that. We’re closer to the country than the city but I guess you couldn’t exactly call us a farm either. There is just shy of an acre here but it is more than enough room to grow a kick ass veggie garden and to have a few chickens. So when I told Bob that I had ordered chicks and they were arriving today he responded “So this shit is on?………. We’re getting Chickens!”
Having backyard chickens has become quite popular over the last few years and after figuring out that it is in fact allowed here in Grimsby (some cities/towns have laws against it) and since we now have the space, I decided to give it a try. I found a bunch of great online resources detailing what you need to know if you are going to have a small flock and bought most of what we needed, including our awesome Hen House, on Amazon.
We brought them home today from the feed store and they settled in nicely. For the first few weeks until they have fully feathered, they will live in our garage under a heat lamp and away from any cool drafts and predators. At around 4-5 weeks they will be ready to transition outside to the “Big Red Barn” and start free ranging around the yard. Apparently great fertilizer for the grass and it keeps them super happy. They start laying eggs (and plenty of them) around 20-24 weeks.
Everyone in the house and most of the neighbourhood kids are pretty excited that the chicks are here. They really are pretty low maintenance and super cute! I am not sure if I would consider them pets since our exit strategy once they stop laying eggs is likely the soup pot but we can cross that bridge when we come to it. We have named them fittingly since they are all Hens (no Roosters allowed) and they are already getting more loving attention than any little chicks could ask for. Will keep you posted on how they are doing. They grow like weeds I’m told.
Bob has taken to calling me “Mother” and referring to the house as “The Homestead”. Next time you are in Grimsby, stop by for a spell.