All of our hard work is finally starting to pay off, one of the hens has started to lay eggs. This means my family and I will have a source of fresh food (especially protein) during a long term SHTF / TEOTWAWKI situation.
February 25, 2012 – got our first 5 chicks, 3 Black Jersey Giants and 2 Speckled Sussex. One of the Black Jersey Giants and 1 of the Speckled Sussex died.
March 3, 2012 – bought 2 Barred Rocks, 2 Silver Laced Wyandottes and 2 Australorps.
Around March 7, 2012 – bought 4 Rhode Island Reds.
After it was all over with, my wife and I had 13 chickens.
Around March 21st or March 22nd the chicks were moved to their new coop. For the first few weeks the chicks were in a plastic box that was being kept in the bathtub. My wife and I take showers, so the bathtub is rarely used.
First chicken video posted on February 25, 2012
We got our first egg on Saturday, July 14, 2012.
Long Term Survival Plans
Instead of waiting until some kind of long term SHTF / TEOTWAWKI situation to get my chicken coop up an running, my wife and I decided to go ahead and kick start the project.
Since my wife and I got the first egg on July 13, 2012, we have gotten 2 more eggs in the past 4 days.
I suspect the Speckled Sussex is the hen that has started laying. She has been sleeping in the nest where the eggs were found instead of sleeping in the roost with the rest of the chickens. After the Speckled Sussex started laying, she moved to the roost.
Hopefully the rest of the chickens will start laying in the next couple of weeks.
Now that the hens are laying, my family and I have a source of fresh food and a source of daily protein. If some kind of long term disaster were to happen, having laying hens on hand means I dedicate time to the garden and other projects.
From the time my wife and I got our first chicks until we got the first egg was almost exactly 4 months and 3 weeks. Could you imagine trying to find chicks, chicken feed, and building materials during a long term survival situation? The chicks need to be kept warm, and as the chickens get older, you have to protect them from predators.
The coop is 6 feet 3 inches wide, which is just wide enough to fit on a trailer. If my family and I have to Bug Out, the coop can be loaded on the trailer and taken to the Bug Out Location.
Unlike #10 cans and food stored in mylar bags, livestock offer a renewable resource.