Sunday, May 15, 2011
So what are we getting into and why are we doing this? We joked that it might be easier than getting a dog. But we thought it might be a fabulous experience combining our love of nature and healthy food (well, generally healthy). We garden, compost, drink organic milk, buy some organic food, recycle, you know, the usual steps towards a healthier more self-sufficient lifestyle. We moved in December to a new house (actually ancient by Atlanta standards) with more property and for some reason thought, Let's get chickens. We need a new project. Three kids aren't enough. Neither are 4 fish tanks and 3 cats. And a house that needs much restoration and renovation. Chickens. My husband raised two chickens in high school and so considered himself an expert. Granted he had to give them away when one turned into a rooster and began crowing in the middle of Buckhead. Why not take a leap into something simplifying the farm to table trend?
So, why not chickens? We researched chicken coops, how to tell male from female chicks, daily maintenance, fancy breeds, and visited some friends' coops. Then came the email from our son's kindergarten class: Homes needed for the chicks being hatched in class- the farm that donated the eggs doesn't want them back. So now we could have RESCUE chicks! Well, not really rescue but certainly ones in need of a home. Sold! Sign us up.