A few years ago I read an article in the doctor's office about raising backyard chickens in Canada. I had been toying with the idea for a little while, but after that article I became a little obsessed. However, I resisted the urge to run to Kentvale and order a half dozen little chicks because:
1. we aren't allowed to have farm animals in town
2. I just didn't have the energy to try to change our bylaw
3. I would have to build a little chicken house and didn't have the energy or skills.
4. I want a super-cool looking chicken house - Martha style, you know??
5. I kinda lost interest in the colder winter months
But hello - SPRING is here and my obsession with chickens has been reawakened! Plus I have been taking my iron supplements for a whole two weeks and feel just about ready to tackle ANYTHING. Why, just yesterday I assembled my new Backyard Gourmet composter and filled it with alternating layers of green and brown matter just the way I've been meaning to compost for the past ten years...
So I'm back to dreaming about my little flock of egg producers and wondering whether or not to tackle a new project. Having backyard chickens is certainly trendy, if you consider the movement to self-sustainabiltiy and local food production a trend.
(It is interesting how trends change over time. When I was little, getting hand-me-downs was a little embarassing, now everyone goes thrift shopping. During the depression it was looked down on to have chickens in your yard, but now it is considered cool to have a few hens roosting in the garden).
I also think it would be a lot of fun (and a good work experience) for the kids to help with the chickens. And imagine how cute it would be to have little chicks for Easter....
So this week I'm going to see about our municipal by-laws and about buying a few cool kinds of chickens. I'll let you know!!
I just finished planting a wooden tray of wheat grass after the nudge from this site - http://www.designmom.com/2010/03/wheat-grass-2/ I have wanted to try this for years, but just never have. See what I mean about the iron pills?