I started my "farm" right in my own backyard a little over a year ago. We don't have much land, but it is enough for the animals we have.
It all began around Easter of 2015 when I decided I wanted ONE chick. My mom agreed to get me that ONE chick thinking it would roam the fenced in backyard and sleep in one of our old dog houses.
We finally got to Tractor Supply on the Friday before Easter, only to find that the minimum number of chicks you could purchase at a time was SIX. Mom was a little hesitant of buying six chickens, mostly because we didn't have the proper housing, nor did we actually know how to raise them. She went through though, and surprisingly bought me the Americanas, Bantams, and Rhode Island Reds that I happily picked out.
Countless hours of reading BYC and other helpful articles gave me the help I needed to confidently raise these chicks (THANKS SO MUCH!) Funny thing is, the more confidence I had, the more animals I bought. Numerous times that month we had to go back to Tractor Supply to pick up supplies and such. Each time I would leave with more birds!
I ended up with around 15 chicks and 8 ducks!
We soon bought a big coop with a covered run big enough for all the animals. I was literally in Heaven every time I would go in the backyard (I spent countless hours back there just watching.)
Now, over a year later, we have over 50 chickens, 15 ducks, 6 guineas, 4 rabbits, 4 goats, a pig, and 2 dogs!
It's so unbelievable how much our little homestead has grown in the past year! My boyfriend and I are always having to deal with crazy situations that will blow your mind. I'm excited to introduce all my animals to you! Can't wait!