CHICKENS…Never Say Never
OK, so for those of you who don’t know, our family started raising chickens in January. This was quite an astonishing event for our household, because I had said at least a hundred times that I would never get chickens…
I’m noticing a reoccurring theme here. I should really learn to stop saying the word “never” (read about another time I said I would never do something here)…
Anyway, getting chickens was just another item on my “I will never list”. Then my precious 10 year old son Donovan watched a documentary on the egg industry. Donovan is genuinely the most compassionate child you will ever meet and loves animals so very much. He names every animals he meets and know more animal facts than anyone I have ever met. Try walking through the zoo with this boy and you will learn the most amazing things! He came to me in tears about the terrible things he had watched. It was from that moment I began buying insanely expensive eggs with the guarantee that they were raised humanely, and trust me, with 3 boys in the house we go through eggs like crazy!
One day Jerry said to me, You know, we could always get chickens”. HAH! He had been trying to get me to agree to chickens for quite some time at this point, but not to fear there was no way I was going to cave!
That night I decided to look at some chickens just to reinforce my opinion that getting chickens was one of the worst ideas ever. (Am I the only person to ever Google why not to get chickens?) So here I am looking at these chickens, reading about how much people loved them, when I stumbled on a certain type called Silkies. These adorable chickens were described as the teddy bear of chickens and I was in love! In the end, we ended up with 4 Silkies (we also have 3 Easter Eggers and 1 Lavender Orpington…which is another story for another day!). Smokey, Dash, Sugar, and Paddington are all part of the family now, and Cloudy, Dazzle, Sunny, and Cordoroy followed behind them. We built the most gorgeous chicken coop I have ever seen and now spend our free time tending to our 8 chickens. The crazy part is that I love them!
By the way, I’m still buying crazy expensive eggs as they have not begun laying yet and we just recently learned that Smokey (named after our favorite vacation spot) will never lay eggs, but we love him anyway…he has the cutest roo! I am pretty sure Sugar may begin to roo soon too, and I’m not honestly sure how that’s going to work out, but we’ll take it one day at a time.