New Developments at My House
It all started in the kitchen. I had a small bucket on my counter, where I was putting all of the vegetables scraps from the dinner I was making. I was amazed at how much I had! I have been working on not having any waste in my kitchen. So that bucket of scraps looked like a lot of waste to me. I knew that I needed to do something with it. Composting? I liked that idea. I have been wanting to get more into gardening, and our soil isn’t that great, so composting would be an excellent choice. I looked into “worm composting”, which I am still very interested in. Meanwhile, while I researched the worm composting method, I kept thinking about how small farmers used too, and still do, use the kitchen scraps to feed farm animals (which in turn, provide more food for you). There is a rhythm and cycle to old fashioned farming that I love. Nothing is wasted, all of the farm animals are fully utilized to do their fair share on the farm, and the farmer’s family get to reap the benefit.
Somehow that thought turned into action. My little family rents from my parents, so we live, with them, on two acres. Plenty of land for some small farm animals, right? We have been getting some wonderful free range chicken eggs from friends, but weren’t going to be able to anymore. I have talked about the benefits of free range eggs here, and the comparison of real free range to store bought here. It’s not only about the health benefits, but the taste as well. The almost 5 dollar a dozen, free range chicken eggs I just bought from the store taste so dry and tasteless now that I have been used to better stuff.
Enter, 12 little chicks
I went in expecting to get 6, at most. But left with 12 (long story). We are hoping that these little ladies will provide us plenty of eggs to both eat and sell, and are good at scratching out bugs to eat in our yard. They are currently in our garage, but in a few weeks we need to set up a chicken house for them. We had some simple plans for my 6 chickens, that won’t work for my 12, so I am trying to figure out what to do. Any ideas? It would actually be quite simple, if we had more money to invest in a chicken coop. So I have been scouring Craig’s list for free chicken coops and sheds. No luck yet (they are always snatched up before me), but hopefully something will turn up soon.
I would love to get advice from any chicken “farmers” out there. I would especially love to hear from those of you who “free ranged” your chickens.