I live with four dogs. Three of the four are mine, the fourth belongs to my son. My three dogs are all rescues. Izzy the coonhound,  is the matriarch of the bunch. She came with us from North Carolina. Next is Sophie, a Chinese Shar-Pei. Finally, there is Romeo, a pedigreed Bedlington Terrier.  My son’s dog is a Brittany Spaniel mix–not the smartest dog I ever met, but he tries to be a good dog.


We purchased 10 Cornish Cross chicks from our local Tractor Supply. Unfortunately one chick did not make it. The remaining nine are doing well and growing faster than anything I have ever seen. They spend their days eating and drinking and messing their litter.


Let me backtrack a bit. There is a reason that I am raising chickens. I personally feel that the commercial chicken industry is inhumane. For years I have mouthed off about this. Now that I own my home, I can do something about it. By raising chickens for meat and eggs, I am in control of how the animals are treated and I have total control over their care and feeding. This is where as a consumer, I can vote with my dollars. In my case, I am putting my meat and egg dollars into animals I raise in my backyard.


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Romeo with chicks. Copyright Lynda Altman

Now back to the dogs and chickens… I was surprised that my Romeo has self-appointed himself as keep of the flock. He will not allow the other dogs near the chicks. Romeo rarely leaves the side of the chick’s crate. He only leaves them to use the outdoors, to eat, and to visit with us when the chicks are quiet.




Back to chicks

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The chicks arrive! 

The chicks reside in a large plastic tub. The floor is covered in pine shavings. I have a food dish set up on stacked 2×4 scraps to keep them from pooping in it. The waterer hangs from a scrap of wood that is set across the top of the tub. For heat, I went high end and I am glad I did. We decided to purchase an EcoGlow 20 from Brinsea. This heater uses only 1/10 of the electricity of a standard heat lamp. Every year houses and sheds catch fire or burn down. The cause of the fires is heat lamps used in a brooder.

So this is the start of our adventure with dogs and chicks. I’ll keep you posted.


–Lynda, the City Chick gone Country.