After months of research and planning, we're less than two weeks from getting a couple chicks here at the house.
Plan A had been to buy an Eglu from Omlet, repleat with a pair of 17-week-old Gingernut Ranger pullets, but by the time I got around to placing the order online last week, the next ship date for pullets was June 18. Way to far in the future...
Plan B is to buy an Eglu in a month or so and get a pair of chicks now from a local supply store and raise them in a brooder indoors until they're ready to live outside in the Eglu.
Plan A would mean eggs by mid-July, but the juvenile birds wouldn't imprint on us as deeply as raising them from chicks. Plan B means we can choose from many breeds and they'll really imprint on us (more specifically, my daughters).
The more I think about it, the more happy I am with Plan B.
Over the next few weeks, I'll share how we got here and why we're pressing forward to raise a couple chickens in our urban backyard.