Saturday, March 27, 2010

Chicken Mama


There are chickens living on my sun porch and it's fantastic! Raising chickens is something I've wanted to do for a few years. I'd done all the research on breeds and had settled on Barred Rocks. As it so often is with children, the best laid plans usually don't work out.

My sons and I stopped in at the local feed store after seeing their "We have chicks!" sign out front. They didn't have any Plymouth Rocks, but said they would order some. I called back the following week and the employee had no information on any poultry order. I was disappointed but determined.

My mom had seen an ad for Tractor Supply's Chick Week, so I loaded the kids in the car check it out. To my dismay, there were no Rocks only "mixed pullets". I apologized to my very disappointed children and told them we'd just have to wait a few more days. Somewhere between the bin of chicks and the door, I had a change of heart and said, "Boy's, let's just do it."


So now, instead of a flock of gorgeous Barred Rocks, we have a flock of mutts. Who am I kidding? The mutts suit us more anyway.

What I had not counted on when I got these birds is just how much they would enrich our lives. It has been a joy to watch my sons love on and care for these birds. It has been a source of endless humor to watch our cat, Trevor, lick his chops as he stares at the birds through the french door. I have loved watching them grow and enjoy their quiet chirping when I sit on the porch to read. And one day soon, our feathered ladies will provide fresh eggs for my family.

They may not be Barred Rocks, but we like them and they are sure to be the tamest flock on the block.

10 comments:

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  2. The test worked and the chicks are adorable.

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  3. Thank you! We are totally enjoying our feathered friends, especially Cole who IS a bird whisperer. Pictures of the 4 newest ones will be up soon!

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  4. Anxiously awaiting new chix pix

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  5. traditional wisdom: want a child to be well adjusted? include him/her actively with animal husbandry, music/arts and/or sports. what a gift that you keep your chicks so your family will be wonderfully well adjusted! my new wisdom: want a child to have the chance to enjoy their adulthood? begin to be actively counted in world/American policies.

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  6. Chick Days. LOL I have purposely avoided Tractor Supply since this started, to the point of sending a family member in after feed. Last year it was 6 baby ducks, who now roam the farm, lol. This year I fear it would have been a rabbit... or more ducks.

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  7. This is adorable. About a month ago, Martha Stewart did a whole show on raising chickens, did you see it? Maybe it's in her archives. I never knew they were so cute and fun.
    I can't have them here in my yard in chicago....hee hee.
    The dodo's in this city have cornered the market.

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  8. I am up to 16 birds now. Watching them is better than TV, although my husband is not too happy that they have moved in under the side deck.

    Just tell the powers that be up there in Chicago that Uncle Sam expects you to have chickens. Not that it would work with those crazies; not sure how you stand it!

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  9. Hi Kristin! Blue Barry Bird, Attack Chicken. ROTFLMAOutstanding!

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  10. Frizz is pretty ridiculous looking, isn't she. Be afraid....be very afraid....

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