Seeing that we almost have the chicken coop completed, Matt and I realize we need to start thinking about the actual chickens!
We still have lots of preparations before we pick up our baby chicks in February.
So today we went on a field trip, and drove out to Tractor Supply Company (we found one about a half-hour away) for a dry run.
Right away, Matt spotted rubber boots, which I have wanted for working in the coop. I found a nice purple plaid pair for $20, and Matt got them for me as a Sunday surprise.
Next we went to the chicken section, and looked at all they have to offer. We found all kinds of containers for feeding and water, including cute miniature ones for chicks. We checked out bags of feed and scratch, and small jugs of dried mealworms (chickens go gaga for those!). I also spotted a metal bin with locking top for the feed.
What we really came for were the individual wood nesting boxes. (The boxes, about 12″x12″x12″, are the actual spots where chickens make their nests and lay their eggs.) We spotted them online, and the website said they were in stock for $9.99 each. But as hard as we looked, we couldn’t find them. After consulting a store employee, it ends up they are out, so we will have to save that for another day.
I have a feeling we will be back.