Never in a million years did I think I would ever be doing this… but three years ago, there I was… holding my very first chicken!
I didn’t know who was more scared… me, or my new hen.
Visions of the Hitchcock movie, The Birds, ran through my head as I cautiously held this strange little creature… I was holding a live chicken… just one short month after moving into our new home… in the country.
We knew we were going to have chickens… however, I was planning on waiting till spring. Thus allowing me some time to study up on the subject of caring for our feathered friends.
But, when my neighbor unexpectedly asked us if we wanted their chickens, I quickly found myself thrust into the role of ‘chicken farmer!’
I had no clue what I was doing!
Thankfully, chickens are very forgiving!
As long as you make sure they have clean drinking water and food, they will lovingly supply you with breakfast.
But, you will have to cook it of course! They do expect you to do some of the work!
Having been ‘thrown into the deep end’ with this chicken farming thing, I found myself wishing there were things I would have known ahead of time…
…things like caring for a sick or injured bird… or just what makes a good broody hen… and what exactly do you feed these little darlings!
I remember spending all kinds of money on the expensive organic foods… but then, I didn’t realize we had a feed mill right near by, OR, that you could actually grow their food!
So, my question to you is this? Do you want to raise chickens?
If the answer is yes, then I would say, ‘Go for it!’
But… my best advice that I could give you would be… before you jump in, do some research first!
You don’t want to find yourself running around like a chicken with its head cut off, trying to figure out what to do for a sick or injured bird!’ By doing the research first, you are ahead of the game!
Yes, it has been a learning experience working with these little dinosaurs of mine. However, this ‘city chick’ turned country wouldn’t have it any other way!
Until next time,