This is an encouraging blog post for those considering becoming urban farmers. Wondering if it is a growing trend or more of a desire for organic and knowing our food source? Either way, I never thought that we would have a "mini farm"! I always enjoyed gardening from the time I was young, a passion my Dad instilled in me and we are instilling in our children, but chickens! We hear more and more people we know having chickens. Who knew?
This past Spring my husband visited Tractor Supply to purchase supplies for our pets and encouraged, begged, and pleaded the kids to go along with him. Well, they had baby chicks in the store which the kids fell in love with. So after a week or two of determination, perseverance and research they returned to the store for a half dozen baby chicks!
We believe that having animals teaches compassion and responsibility. The baby chicks were so adorable, but that time is fleeting, only about a week or so long and then they begin looking like chickens. Finding the chickens sweet and lovely, and each having their own personality, they were named accordingly. Our kids helped construct a chicken run, which is large enough until we build a chicken coop.
The girls began laying eggs around mid-July and now we are receiving about 4 a day from the little ladies :) Several times a day our children go searching for the eggs, it's like a treasure hunt! And, the kids sold their first dozen yesterday - so exciting!!!! We are also teaching the kids economics and to be entrepreneurs.
Sure letting the chickens free range, they have tilled some grass and garden for us, but we do not mind.....The children adore them and their friends enjoy visiting to see and feed our chickens. The chickens bring much JOY to our household. Please be encouraged if you are considering getting a few of your own. The kids would love to share their experience and knowledge with you, our youngest has already given advice about broody hens! If nothing else, chickens are a wonderful science project, fun pets and wonderful for teaching responsibility!!!
"Jesus said to him, "Truly I say to you that this very night, before a rooster crows, you will deny Me three times." Mathew 26:34