Chick Primer: Brooder to Coop

It is officially spring. While it's not the actual vernal equinox (that's still a couple of weeks away); I know it's spring because when I walked into the farm store last week the undeniable sound of chicks "peeping" could be heard. And to me, that … [Read more...]

A Primer for Backyard Chickens–5 Points to Consider

Are You Ready for a Backyard Flock? A Primer for Backyard Chickens It's undeniable that baby chicks are adorable...and hard to resist. This time of year, the local feed stores are bursting with little biddies--"Chick Days"--is what they call it. … [Read more...]

Chicken Little Grows Up…Fast

I am still amazed at how fast chicks grow!  Our new chicks - Marigold, Petunia, Violet and Rose - are just about three weeks old.  See how much they've grown since joining the Second Street Chicken Ranch on April … [Read more...]

Chix Tax in Vancouver?

The city of Vancouver has an interesting proposal for that city's urban chicken farmers as outlined in this article from the Vancouver Sun Operation Chicken brings up some very valid points to consider when one is thinking of raising … [Read more...]

Egg-stra, Egg-stra, Chicken Ranch Makes Front Page News!

The Chicken Ranch made the front page of our local newspaper a few weeks ago! I was contacted by a local reporter via FaceBook who wanted to know what it was like to raise chickens in an urban setting and if I had noticed more people doing the same.I … [Read more...]

Bucolic Bliss?

I've got a secret to share -- chickens and gardening aren't simpatico. Oh sure, everyone loves the dream of a perfect bucolic setting...a well kept veggie patch with happy hens pecking about, eating all those nasty cabbage worms and mosquitoes. How … [Read more...]

Hens and Housekeeping

Mother Hen. Every flock has one (animal or human) -- ours happens to be Helen, a Rhode Island Red; who also happens to be a homebody and an extraordinary housekeeper. She was named in memory of my mother - but not for any of those reasons. As a chick … [Read more...]

It’s About Time…

Welcome to the Coeur d'Alene Coop! I'll be sharing my experiences at "urban" chicken farming and gardening on our expansive .16 acre lot in Midtown Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.We've been "chicken farmers" for about 10 months now; getting our girls last May … [Read more...]