Well, it’s been a few days since I’ve gotten my chickens and I think it’s a good point to sit down and see how they have affected our life here at home. You see, what you may not realize is that my husband and I are trying to see if perhaps we can have a third child. Something that has been a constant with both my earlier pregnancies is exhaustion – I have very little energy during the first trimester. So naturally, while planning for that event, I come up with a wall because I am the sort of person who always has 3000 projects going on, and I definitely do tend to overload myself.
Truth be told, they aren’t technically NEW to us. Last year we got them as chicks at a feed store and took them up to my Mom’s for her to have. I wrote a post about it here last year. When it came time for me to have chickens, she decided to give them back to us so we could have eggs immediately. Here they are:
Okay I know this is a little overdue, so SORRY! 🙂 I’ve been visiting my parents this last few days and yesterday came home with 5 chickens to show for it! But first things first.
We really got a lot done on the chicken hutch! Pictures speak louder than words 🙂
OK I call it “Day 2” even though it’s technically the first day I’ve really worked on it, but I would say Day 1 was a few weeks ago when we moved the built frame in from under the lean-to shed thingy in the front yard.
Businessweek just published an article about the insane rise of food prices which is probably something we have already started to see, but will be continuing to get worse and worse. People – this is the time to begin some urban homesteading if you haven’t already! I don’t care if you even live in an apartment… you can grow sprouts and compost with worms in even the smallest of spaces.
Lucky for me, in the next few months especially once we get moved into our home out of this temporary one, I will go back to baking all of our bread and if I am lucky I might find someone who has a cow down there who might be interested in a trade of milk for cheese, so I can start doing more of that. Our new house has lots of fruit and I can put in a garden so by this time next year I think we’ll be doing well. Which reminds me, I have also made the official food decision that by this time next year we will be on100% home or locally produced meat. I am now renaming this post since I have something to say about this 🙂
Well I took my girls on Thursday and drove out to the property. Funny thing, we were supposed to be moving to our new house this last weekend but it keeps getting delayed. Anyway, a good opportunity to take the kids out there one last time. Ballerina Girl had been harassing me for weeks about going to the property. The long long drive sure was NOT fun by myself and took about 7.5 hours, shoulda taken 6. But such is life with young kids 🙂 Mr. Hot Stuff and his brother came out on Saturday.
Last weekend we had planned a trip up on Saturday to the property to go visit Grammie and Papa. As you remember, I had spent the afternoon the week before with my mom building a chicken tractor of sorts for her new chicks. She only got a few at the time and so suggested that I take the girls to the feed store that’s right down the street and get some more chicks, since they were supposed to get some sexed laying pullets in.