There is just something about living in the country that makes a person want to raise chickens. It’s not because chickens actually pay for themselves (they don’t) but because there is just something about the country air that creates a desire to build a coop or even look into purchasing a prebuilt chicken coop and raise fowl.
It is like a virus – there is just nothing that can be done to stop it.
At least that is my story and I’m sticking to it!!!! 😛
The dull truth is that I have been thinking about getting a few chickens for a few years now. Only I’ve never taken the plunge for one reason or another.
This Spring I actually went as far as to buy some chicken wire with the goal of building a coop….yet that plan got pushed back due to various events outside of my control…. but even after buying the chicken wire I decided to buy a chicken coop in michigan! I can keep that wire as spare though.
Then, well, this weekend happened.
We – the whole family – went down to our church’s benefit sale and saw this wonderful coop with a chicken door sitting there for sale. Seeing how it was for a good cause…. well, lets just say that it somehow ended up in my back of my truck… 😕
As we were loading the coop up, an acquaintance came up and during the course of a chat they offered us a few meat chickens – which I accepted. The rest they say is history – or, as the case may be, history in the making.
The two chicks are Cornish Cross chickens who will be ready to butcher in about four weeks. This will give me time to test out my chicken raising skills why not committing to a long-term relationship. Granted, raising chickens (from what I’ve heard) doesn’t that much skills – or so they say! We shall very happily find out! 🙂 Once we’ve done it for a while, we may even look into some more serious equipment such as chicken tractors!