We were the highest bidders at the 4H/ FFA livestock auction on the GRAND CHAMPION layer pen! It was an exciting day. Not only did we get some beautiful Rhode Island Red hens, had fun at the auction, but we got to support 4H and some young livestock producers. My wife was in 4H when she was young (she raised steer) and has a lot of very fond memories of it, so it was really gratifying for us to be on the other end of the auction and be able to buy some animals from kids.
So, are these backyard chickens and example of sustainability?
These chickens will provide us with local eggs, and we can control how they are kept and fed, which is nice, but fiscally, this endeavor is not sustainable. I have enjoyed designing and building the coop, and the opportunity to support 4H has been great. Between the cost of the annual permit, building materials, the Grand Champion layers, it will take us roughly a decade to save money on eggs! We don't even eat many eggs. However, we have met our goals on this one.
Here are some pictures with some more coop details:
Yes, I embellished the rafter tails by cutting eggs...