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i am a self-defined Nuyorican creative (that is a Puerto Rican who is from both the isles of Manhattan, NYC and the Caribbean). I share daily in the joy of education and live in a cute port town in New York, in a 'teensy-weensy' apartment with my two dogs and canary named Valentino. Check out my Etsy shop for purchasable pieces. Please do not reproduce imagery off of this site without explicit credit and no derivatives may be made of my original imagery- Thank You.

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Getting Ready to Raise Some Chickens!

As soon as my seniors graduate this year I am going to console my achy breaky heart by beginning a new venture - Raising Chickens! I've given this a whole lot of thought for almost a year now and it took about a year and half of convincing my hub!

Keeping Pet Chicken by William Windham & Joe Stahlkuppe

Thanks to an awesome informative site like My Pet Chicken and one spontaneous episode of Martha Stewart on raising chickens when both the hub and I happened to be home and watching...the decision has been finalized.

As of two minutes ago - I just clicked purchase and have placed an order with MyPetChicken for a dozen chicks (knowing I will most likely have only 8-10 to raise since they all don't always make it). They are scheduled for shipping on June 7th and graduation is June 6th.

One of the great aspects of this venture is that I'm a blogger - so if you ever wondered if you could venture into raising chickens you can follow this chicken novice (moi) here on my blog- from delivery, to creating the initial brooder to building a coop - in June its all going to happen right here!

Now check out the new soon to be members of my fam:

4 Easter Eggers - ©2005-2010 MY PET CHICKEN, LLC. 2 SL Wyandottes ©2005-2010 MY PET CHICKEN, LLC. 2 RhodeIlse Reds ©2005-2010 MY PET CHICKEN, LLC. 2 Australorps ©2005-2010 MY PET CHICKEN, LLC. 2 Buff Orpingtons as Chicks ©2005-2010 MY PET CHICKEN, LLC.

All the chickens will arrive as 72 hour old chicks, and I am so excited and nervous (whenever another living creature is involved I think its wise to be a bit of both).

I can't wait to start building the coop. I found another blogger that is a serious inspiration for a beginning chicken caretaker like me- her blog is Vintage Garden Gal and I urge you to check out her stunning coops!

You know with the bee-keeping laws lifted off of NYC and quite a few people finding creative ways to raise chickens in urban dwellings - it seems remiss to not utilize my Jersey yard like this! The hub and I have decided this is the BEST anniversary gift, one that keeps on giving!


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aahh~ you're so lucky that you can get chickens. I've always wanted strange pets, but my parents always say no :(

and the chicks are sooooo cute~!

May 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHanna

I've always wanted pet chickens!! Soooo, do they just toss them in a box or what? LOL It sounds crazy! Mail order live chicks!?

May 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBrigitte

awesome!! ur actually getting them, cant wait to c them!!! pretty colors!!

May 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLindz

this idea is so cool!
they're going to be so cute
and I kind of want to help you build your coop :P
I have to wonder though, are bears or other wild animals a concern for you?

May 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNicole

omgomgomgomg, are you going to name them after all your art children to replace us? I guess you'll name an "Easter Egger" Isabella. I love this. This is so cool. I want to hang out with them.

May 9, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterisabella

I think isabella's idea is perfect! Just think we already named the chix home 'coop' after that most loveable of seniors. I am a little nervous myself...

May 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterStainboy

OMG Chickens?!?! That is so totally awesome! Great idea Ms. Diaz! but I have to back Nicole up, will bears eat them?!?

May 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHadar

Oh how exciting! I have mentioned to my husband that we should get chickens. We even have a building in the back of our yard we call the chicken coop. It is just not something I can take on right now (at least I don't think). I am looking forward to hearing how it goes for you and then maybe I will give it a go sometime!

May 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAubrey

I honestly think you should just call the chicken coop the "chicken cooper"...

May 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCooper

chickens are love! I think the black and white one here looks extremely stylish :D

May 10, 2010 | Unregistered Commentertrisha

SO CUTE!!!!! AWWWWWWWWWWWW I WISH I COULD RAISE A CHICK!!!!!!!! I really want to be like u when i get older :) creative and wecoming to new ideas. How cozy and country like everything must seem. I look foward to possibly seeing these chicks if i could sleepover your house this summer. LOVE YOU! xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo

May 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRina

zomg chickens =D
that's so exciting! the wyandottes look pretty fancy as far as chickens go. i look forward to having half a chicken named after me!

... i kinda want to play with the chickens, no lie =D

May 12, 2010 | Unregistered Commenteraudrey willa

Now I want to own chickens too. I'm going to check with the local municipal office to see if that's doable in my community :)

May 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMim

ps- I love Dottie Angel's chickens too. Have you seen her pictures?

May 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMim

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