Thursday, October 18, 2007

Chickens




My darling friend Tausha lives about 2 miles away from me and has 3 chickens in her backyard (read about their soft bums here). I am so envious I could spit. I love that her little girl can go to the backyard in the morning and get a super fresh egg for breakfast from her very own chicken. She gave me some tips tonight and I thought AK would love it and be so on board since he was raised on some major farms. Okay I love Kenneth on 30 Rock (he was born in Macon, GA by the way). So Andy won't let me have chickens in the backyard. I mean it's been a total of 20 minutes since I first heard about Tausha's chickens and the 5 since I asked him for them, so I have some time to process and convince right? We have the perfect spot in the backyard. And it goes right along with 'Animal, Vegetable, Miracle' by Barbara Kingslover (which is cool people) and of course self-reliance (which honestly I hadn't thought of, but that's why Tausha the hens). Tausha recommended the book 'Chickens in Your Backyard' to begin. Can you imagine how much fun the kids would have with chickens? I am pretty psyched. This is the Place, hee hee, that the chickens came from (you get 8 or so chickens, and once they get bigger and you know which ones are the hens and roosters, you give back the roosters). Grammy Mary Sue can attest that 12 Bantams that end up being all Roosters is not that cool!).
What do you think y'all?

8 comments:

MarySue said...

I'm all for self sufficiency, fresh eggs, kids having responsibilities with the hens etc. But I do not like chicken poop where my kids play or tracked into the home. I'm assuming the hens would be penned. I'd do it.

Rachel said...

That makes me want to pee my pants. I think the poop is enough to convince me not to do it. Plus the boys (and I include H, S, and W in this) will think of some crazy things to do to the chickens. Seriously...

Leslie said...

we're gonna have chickens one day. my MIL had them and my SIL has some now. it seems so fun. they have a complete little society going on in that pen. it's amazing. :)

Pat said...

Because I was once a young boy, I can attest to the fact that the boys will think of crazy things to do to the chickens. I'll have to tell you my jungle chicken story sometime.

Katie said...

Eggs cost about 12 cents each... I will be self sufficient by buying them with spare change I find around my house. I think you should 'pop' in on her on a normal day and see how the chickens are doing... you have a lot on your plate... remember the cat? Poop is not fun... and what about the winter? Sorry- but unless you live on a big farm- I say no... How about a fish?

go boo boo said...

every one of your comments made me laugh. you guys are funny. i don't think i am going to make it past andy with a chicken coop. someday...

Brooke said...

I agree with katie. Spend the twelve cents on the eggs. Tausha's chickens kept getting out of her yard and pooping on her neighbor's car. Funny, huh?! They are quite the novelty, I'm just glad I don't have to clean the poop. (they seem to poop an awful lot)

Tausha said...

Oh you are all whiners! The Chickens are great and don't poop that much. I am not doing it for the eggs so much (although that is a great bonus you don't normally get with a pet) but just because my kids love them! They are hard to kill (unlike goldfish), they don't need walking (dogs), they don't need a lot of attention, or to come inside in the winter, you don't have to pick up their poop with a baggy! The kids do find all kinds of fun things to do with the chickens though, Luke just grabbed one and threw it down the stairs. But he has also put one in the bbq (luckily not on), in the window wells and my favorite, jumping on the tramp with them. They never bite or scratch, rarely run away and are so resislent. Not to mention the fun and novelty of it all. Go back to your roots girl!