I’ve done it. After years of “hen-pecking” at the hubby, I’ve finally broken him down and convinced him that we should give raising a chickens a whirl this spring!! To say that I am excited is a bit understated. Why so much excitement over chickens?? Well… over a decade ago (egad where has the time gone?!?!?) we bought this rusty old place in the country with the intent of living a rural lifestyle enjoying the quiet, raising our kids surrounded by nature, and learning to “do for ourselves” in as many ways as we could. Alas, other than my yearly attempts at gardening and a lot of do-it-yourself home improvement projects, we have not yet embraced my ultimate goal of country-living: raising some sort of livestock. I mean, heck, we could have stayed in the city and had the DOG… why are we out here in the middle of nowhere if we aren’t going to actually do “country” things- we NEED chickens!!!
We’ve been sneaking out the door with our parents’ farm-fresh chicken eggs for years now- perhaps it was guilt over not being self-sufficient enough that got him. Or perhaps it was the ugly articles I shared with him recently showing that the FDA is finally admitting to allowing arsenic in supermarket chicken (ack! ugh! what?!?). Perhaps, just maybe, he is just tired of listening to me going on and on about how we should do this… yeah, that’s probably it.
Where to begin? Well, the coop seems like an obvious first step. Do you have any idea HOW MANY KINDS of chicken coops exist? It’s mind-boggling. I’m pouring over internet sites, books, and magazines researching coop designs. On our way to church last weekend, I made him do a quick u-turn to go back and check out an Amish coop for-sale by the road side. There are coop designs sketched out and laying all over the place. We had pretty much decided on building plan for the coop…but that was before I found one yesterday with an HERB GARDEN on it’s roof, oooh!!!! Grocery shopping yesterday I found an actual magazine dedicated to chickens, and giggled like a crazy person as I added it to my cart- yes indeed, people who raise chickens certainly should have their own magazines!
This should be quite an adventure for us….