This is the story of how social media saved my dream of having fresh eggs from the backyard of my new home.
A New Community
Long before “Covid” entered my vocabulary, I’d planned on getting backyard chickens in the spring of 2020. I turned to the internet for inspiration as I started planning my build from the ground up.
What I found was so much more – a global community of over 400k members devoted entirely to backyard chickens!
That community is BackyardChickens.com (BYC). I was delighted to find such a wealth of information all in one place. This once unknown community quickly became one of my largest influences. I spent large amounts of my time looking through the seemingly endless discussion boards, articles, and galleries from around the world.
Inspiration From Others
The inspiration I yearned for finally came from the Wichita Cabin Coop. This design had everything I was looking for, and I wasn’t alone. This coop was so popular after being posted on the forum that the originators built a small business around it (selling plans and material lists) with its own Facebook page:
In addition to what is available on BYC, the Wichita Cabin Coop Facebook page provided even more variations of the original design as people put their own spin on it or adapted it to their own needs:
When the ground thawed this past spring, I started building my version of the Wichita:
An Unwelcome Surprise
As the build progressed I eagerly went to the farm supply store to place an order for my new friends. You can imagine my surprise at what came next: SOLD OUT!
I think we have all heard stories about the run on toilet paper at the onset of the Covid-19 Pandemic, but did you know there was also a run on backyard chickens?!
‘Chickens are the new toilet paper’: People flock to backyard chickens, gardens amidst pandemicThe Kingston Whig Standard
Coronavirus: Lockdown rush for hens prompts supply concernBBC Wales News
Panic buying has consumed toilet paper, guns – now live chickensWFAA News
I was told that at best I might be able to get some birds in the fall. To say I was disappointed would be an understatement. Now what?!
The Support to Succeed
To keep a long story short, I returned to social media.
I acquired eggs from a local farmer and borrowed an incubator from a friend-of-a-friend’s-neighbour. With my trusty BYC community for support, I embarked on hatching and raising my own chicks for the first time. It was a success!
Here are some pictures of our “little peeps” from their first week:
I now have a beautiful coop (not quite finished):
Healthy, happy birds:
And soon, I’ll have fresh eggs 🙂
Social media proved to be an invaluable resource over the past few months, but in ways I never would have imagined! By getting creative and learning from those around me, I was able to fulfill my dream of having backyard chickens.
Has social media helped you in unexpected ways?
*Note: All photos are my own unless otherwise indicated.
Chillin’ with my peeps thanks to all the support I found @BYChickens. Here’s how they helped me succeed: https://bit.ly/2XA5A0E #COMM0011 #BYC #chickens
Chillin’ with my peeps in their @WichitaCabinCoop! Want to know how social media helped me succeed in raising my backyard chickens? I’ll tell you all about it here: https://bit.ly/2XA5A0E #COMM0011 #WichitaCoop #chickens