I forgot to tell you! We got chickens a few weeks ago. Well, chicks, to be more precise.
I never really saw the point of having chickens before it was an option so I tuned it out when other people went on about it, thinking them a bit eccentric. Now I’ve joined the ranks!
My mom, who has lived in the city, asked why on earth anyone would want chickens? Like I’d gone nuts on her. I had to laugh; how insulting and we normally get each other on issues of health and environment.
There are so many reasons to get chickens! Here’s my list:
- we will have access to organic eggs (more on this later)
- they are inexpensive
- they will help with the garden (by producing compost)
- they are inexpensive
- they are entertaining
- they don’t take up much room
- they are a great beginner “farm animal”
- the girls love them and it’s a great experience for them
- I needed to overcome a life-long fear of birds
- they will reduce pests
- they will scratch up the whole front yard so there will be no need to fuss with mowing
- we already have a fenced in front yard
So, are the eggs organic? I have been supporting local egg suppliers because their chickens free range, which is awesome. But it turns out, most people are feeding their chickens some kind of dried pellets from the local feed and seed plus any kind of table scraps, perhaps even including chickens and lots of cooked meat, and giving them free access to bugs and plants. The latter part is cool with me, but I just don’t agree with whatever is in that bag from the feed and seed nor feeding cooked meat to any animal and especially I am weirded out about chickens eating chickens. I am sure they probably are meant to as they are not the brightest animal, but it should be raw, and well, raw poultry is a no-no so it’s just off the list for us.
I will be ordering organic feed once mine are off the chick food.
So far, the girls have been very easy. There was all this fuss about keeping them at such a high temperature when they were tiny but to be honest, they were not actually kept that warm and they are just fine. I put them in the coop way too early but they were just too big for the plastic bin and it was time to get them out of the house. They seem to like their coop and are starting to understand to go back in there for food and water, which makes it easier to lock them back up. For now, we only let them out if we are around as they draw hawks and we even saw a barred owl lurking about right in the middle of the day! This was when they were still in the house! The owl must have been seeing them through the window!