We never thought that keeping chickens would be as easy as it really is and how attached you can become to your first batch. One day last July we stopped at our local FarmPlus store and they happened to have four Comet sexlink chickens in a cage outside the door. Our grandson was fascinated with them. At about sixteen weeks old they were very active but made no move to peck him when he put his hand in the cage to pet them. They had their beaks clipped so at best they could only bump your hand. At six years old, our grandson is into just about everything and instantly wanted the chickens. We asked the price and were told since they were the last four they had, we could buy them for six dollars each. After a little discussion, the chickens were placed in a box, loaded in the car and home we went.
Arriving home where our other two grandchildren were waiting for us, they could not wait to see what was in the big box their little brother had brought home. Since we had made absolutely no preparations for the chickens, that afternoon was a busy one. We had a large wire animal cage for dogs so with a good scrubbing this was to be their temporary home for a few days. We have a large garden fenced with metal wire so a run was ready made. The kids put out a big bowl of water and picked some greens. The chickens loved the attention and were more than happy to eat out of the kids hands. The two youngest kids have little chairs that they dragged into the garden and each day they cart fresh water and leftover kitchen scraps along with their little … Read the rest