Lovingly Posted by Melissa Wednesday, December 2, 2009
It seemed like every time I thought 'they must be done growing now' I would look at some pictures that were taken a week before and see a drastic difference. Our girls had gone from fairly docile birds to massive, demanding chickens. We love them, though. Even Kyle, who never imagined himself as a person who would own chickens (or ANY farm animals for that matter) started really enjoying them. They are good entertainment and the noises they make when they are eating or foraging just brings such a smile to our faces. It is such a pleasing sound.
I know it sounds crass. But this is the way it is for homesteaders. These chickens are not pets. They are part of our lives, though. We nurture them and they will, in turn, nurture us. I'm not saying it will be easy. In fact, it could very well be one of the most difficult things we'll ever do, but this is life. In the spring we'll be ordering another round of chicks, some turkeys, and maybe some geese to add to our growing farm. We'll never need all of the number of eggs we'll collect, but friends, family, neighbors, and co-workers are more than willing to buy them or trade for them. So it seems this could be a good start for income from the farm. So it begins.