We got information on coop ideas, what kind of breeds to get, when to get them, how many to get, City of Chicago laws and ordinances, etc. There is a lot out there to learn but really it turned out to be easy. We settled on getting our chickens through an internet supplier, “My Pet Chicken” (MyPetChicken.com) as their site seemed the friendliest. Delivery was through, you guessed it, the US Post Office. Apparently they’ve been delivering day old baby chicks for over 100 years!! It seems Sears used to ship them this way when you could get anything through their catalog.
The girls have been in every room in the house since they arrived as chicks, starting in a box in the living room, ending in a big box in the basement before moving out into the coop outside. Eileen still likes to bring them in once in a while to visit but they’re outside pets. They seem completely happy wandering about the yard looking at everything, pecking at bugs and grass, flying/climbing on the compost and scratching, always scratching. We’ve been able to fence off a few garden spaces, but everywhere else is their domain. They love it when we join them and do work in the garden, work on the coop or just sit outside and read.
Nothing calms a person down after a tense day like sitting outside among the happy chickens. We have been so happy with them, and have been big proponents of everyone getting some chickens! Whenever we mention that we have them the response is usually, “Can you have chickens here?” followed by, “Can I see them?” concluding with, “I want to get chickens.” We hope these writings continue that encouragement.