What can I say? I think I may be turning into a crazy chicken lady! We've gone through some ups and downs with our chickens, dealing with raccoons and feisty roosters.
Here is our current count...
-5 Barred Rock Hens (purchased March 30th, 2016 from RKO)
-5 Rhode Island Red Hens (purchased March 31st, 2016 from RKO)
-2 Buff Orpington Roosters (purchased April 9th, 2016 from RKO) Supposed to be hens!
-3 Silver Laced Wyandotte Hens (purchased April 9th, 2016 from RKO)
-3 Ameraucana Hens (purchased April 9th, 2016 from RKO) Supposed to be Araucanas.
-2 Red Ranger Roosters (Given by a distant neighbor over the summer of 2016)
-1 Buff Orpington Hen (Our only original from before we moved, purchased 2013?)
-2 Buff Orpington mixed Hens (Offspring of our Buff hen, Summer 2016)
-2 Buff Orpington mixed Roosters (Offspring of our Buff hen, Summer 2016)
-1 Black Hen, probably an Australorp (Given by the in-laws, Winter 2016)
-1 Rhode Island Red Hen (Given by the in-laws February 2017)
-1 Bantam Easter Egger (Given by the in-laws February 2017)
My goal for 2017 is to bring in a few breeds that give me a variety of colored eggs. Probably some more easter eggers and definitely some Brown Marans. I have been avoiding looking at the hatchery page until the weather gets warmer.
Our current coop that we built over the summer of 2016 is an 8 foot x 8 foot x 8 foot cube. It has four roosting bars that are 4 foot long, plus a stack of nesting boxes they like to roost over top of. We currently have 2 small windows installed, vinyl flooring down on the inside, and the cube has been primed. The roof right now consists of flat, white, corragated plastic pieces.
Our goal for 2017 is to double the coop space and install a proper roof. I want to connect another 8 foot x 8 foot box, giving a lot more space to roost, and having that roosting space much farther away from the nesting boxes.
Currently in Ohio, farm fresh eggs go anywhere between $2-$4 a dozen, depending on if it's roadside, at a grocery store, or even what section of Ohio you are in. Last year we sold to friends and family for $2/dozen. This year I would like to make a small sign to hang out by the driveway to advertise.