As I mentioned in my first blog, I have always dreamed of owning a mini petting zoo or backyard farm. Another piece of that dream was added this week!! Please welcome our first two Nigerian Dwarf Goats! We haven’t named them yet and they won’t be coming to live with us until June as they are only one month old here.
So, to house them properly we purchased the shelter below and plan to customize the inside to accommodate the goats.
They will be sitting next to the chicken coop, but they have about a 30 x 40 area that they will share with the chickens all enclosed with a 6 foot chain link fence. Due to concerns of critters we’ll have an electric fence surrounding the outside of the chain link for added protection and poultry netting on top to keep the hawks from attacking the chickens.
We have a cousin that owned goats and is willing to give us some of the goat toys they still have which includes a couple of spools and a couple of huge tractor tires! Let the playtime begin!!
When the electrician dug the trench to provide the electricity to the chicken coop area we discovered tons of rocks. I had been gathering them from all over our property to use them to line pathways. This revealed hundreds and hundreds and so I hand dug hundreds and hundreds. They now line the walkway leading to the coop!
Of course, once you do one thing then you see something else you need…stepping stones!
Then of course, you need some sitting spots so we added a couple of benches as well today.
Tomorrow I’ll finish the stone pathway and next week the trench should be filled in once it is inspected by the town. Very exciting! It’s getting close now! 🙂
Step One: My journey begins with a trip to the Town Hall (February, 2019) to ensure that we can have chickens. We have a little over 7 acres and while I was fairly certain we could have them but, I wanted to be sure. The answer was yes, we could have them and to my surprise we can even have roosters and goats! Insert – Happy Dance!!
Step Two: My husband and I had been to an open house at Clark Farm here in CT a couple of years back and saw first hand beautifully crafted chicken coops that were predator proof! We definitely have predators here as we live on a cove and sit in the middle of a forest. So, I ordered a Gambrel style chicken coop (end of February) that measures 5′ wide with nest box 6′ x 6′ Long and 6′ Tall. The coop/run will be delivered mid-May and I will do another blog post on that day.
I also ordered the 6′ walk-in run to match.
Now, this was not the first coop/run I ordered. I was going to get a much smaller one that wasn’t a walk-in and housed fewer chickens. After much thought and reading up on maintenance I chose the walk-in for easier access, cleaning, and well….space for more chickens! 🙂
I also ordered all of my chickens and one rooster from them! The types are pictured below and yes, I’ve already named them! They will be raised as pets and for their eggs.
I learned while at the Town Hall that I would need to complete a building permit and site plan. Check! This was approved to move forward!
Step 3: We had a professional electrician come out last week (April 6, 2019) to dig a trench that runs from the house out to the coop/run area. That too, needs to be inspected before covering the trench and then we can clean up the ground area.
So, I’ve thought about doing this for almost 20 years and it is really exciting to see all of this coming together! I am also an artist and plan to paint my chickens when they arrive!
Have you always dreamed of owning chickens? I have for almost 20 years and my journey is finally beginning! I thought I would share my journey for those that are currently dreaming of getting chickens. I will share my process and experiences as they happen!
We are located in Lyme, CT and I am also an artist. Lyme is known for art colonies and we have the Goodspeed Opera House and the Ivoryton Playhouse close by. My chickens that are I will be receiving early this summer are pictured below. The coop you see in the image below is currently being built, as is the chicken run! They are due to arrive mid-May and I will share that day here!