Raising Chickens in Truckee

Chickens are curious

I can see you!

It’s too cold. We get to much snow. Where will they live? Last year a guy named Guy, decided he wanted chickens, and he lives in a town at an altitude of about 6500 feet. Truckee can get upwards of ten feet of snow a year.  What do chickens think of snow?  So off to Reno goes “Guy” to buy some baby chickens.  You can buy chickens in these modern times that are pre-sexed as pullets so you are only raising hens and no roosters.  Guy buys nine itty bitties. Now chicks come in all colors and shapes so he gets three Ameraucanas (they lay green eggs), three Delawares (they lay brown eggs), three Rhode Island Reds (also brown eggs), and three Wyndottes.

The horse stall out by the pasture was just being used for storage so Guy turns the horse stall into a Hen House. And raising chickens in Truckee becomes reality.  Guy was visiting a website www.mypetchicken.com and noticed some more interesting chicks. So in the overnight mail at the Truckee Post Office arrived six Australorpes. They are black chicks from Australia.   Did you know you can buy chickens that are specifically better in cold weather?  All of these  breeds do well in cold weather.

All went well, until late fall when very early in the morning the dogs were nerverous.  Guy goes out to the hen house to find the door ripped open and some of his precious girls missing.  Truckee is Bear country and Sir Bruin decided he was hungry.  Six of the girls were Bear Breakfast.  Now, the Hen House is wired with an electric fence and ten new itty bitties are growing up to give

Guy Green, Blue and Brown Eggs.

Growing Up in Truckee

Growing Up in Truckee

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