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We currently have around 50 chickens, and a duck named Chicken.
My family and I moved from the suburbs to the country. So we could learn how to live more independently. My goal is to start growing local, organic flowers were people can come and enjoy the outdoors with their families and friends.
Blue Lace Red Wyandottes Assorted other chickens Guineas Quail
An undercover hippie who works as a corporate marketing person during the day, my real persona is a gardener, chicken wrangler, and beekeeper.
Four hens (two white leghorns named Florence and Siena, and two black sexlinks named Shaniqua and Shaneyney).
My free time is spent working as leader of the grassroots organization, Chickens In The Yard (C.I.T.Y.), where I continue to promote backyard chickens and fight for the right of city residents here, and across the country, to produce their own food.
A stuffed chicken named Dale.
Candess is the Editor of MakeFoodSafe.com, a food safety blog dedicated to helping make food safer in the United States. When Candess learned that millions of Americans each year were becoming sick from food contaminated with pathogens, she wanted to do something about it. Ever the problem solver, Candess began by finding ways to get more helpful information about food safety concerns and solutions to families (especially other mothers) in a timely fashion.
I Currently have 56 chickens ranging from bantams to large fowl.
Silkies, Polish, Wyandottes, Plymouth Barred Rock, Brahmas, RIR, Favorelles, Orpingtons, Easter Eggers, Black Marans, Welsummers, and many barnyard mixes.
Farming, homesteading, and the love of animals defines a large part of who I am. Born and raised in a small town the love comes naturally. After spending ten years in the city, coming home never felt so good. My amazing husband Scott and two amazing children Samantha and Noah have made my life phenomenal. We have two Pygmy Goats "Lucy and CoCo," fifty-six chickens, an Irish Dexter heifer "Daisy," Jersey Steer "Fin," and our newest addition is a pregnant Oberhasli Goat "Ginger". I also enjoy gardening, cooking, canning, and all things natural and organic. The simple life of being self-sufficient is my ultimate goal.
I am preparing to adopt 4 layers. We're naming them after the Golden Girls... Stay tuned.
Hello! You may have heard me bantering with Zach Foley as we've been discussing all things chickens this year! I love MOTHER EARTH NEWS and I love podcasts! I'm so fortunate to be able to blend these passions together! I grew up on a farm in rural Kansas. This farm was not that of a MEN-Head. We specialized in row crops and had a cow-calf operation. While I loved the cattle and my experience living from the land, I have always felt that there are more sustainable methods available. As an adult, I have spent many years experimenting with different aspects of a small self-sufficient homestead. It has been a trying and rewarding experience. I recently moved myself and daughter in with my best friend since kindergarten and her two kids. We are city folk now! My first goal as a city person is too make my block more country! With Lacey's blessing and the understanding that someday when I move on, she will inherit this modern farmstead I am creating... I decided to get chickens! I will do my best to share our chicken journeys with you!
We are in our 8th year of keeping backyard chickens. We currently have a small flock of 8 laying hens. 7 Aracaunas and 1 Golden-Laced Wyandotte.
Debbie Bosworth writes from a yellow Cape Cod cottage in rural suburbia near Cape Cod Bay. Soon after moving in, she nicknamed her home Dandelion House because of the prolific crop of dandelions that take over her front yard every spring and summer. Rather than wage war on the little devils she started a blog called Dandelion House ~ the HAPPY homestead where she shares creative seeds on backyard chicken keeping, gardening, cooking from scratch, homeschooling, and painting cottage furniture. She created the Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop as a way to help others connect with fellow farmgirl bloggers. After discovering MaryJanesFarm magazine in a local book store she was inspired to put the pen to paper and submitted two short stories which were later published in MaryJanesFarm magazine. A writer was born! It wasn't long before she she took up "virtual residence" as the MJF Beach Farmgirl blogger. Her column is aptly named, Shorelines. Debbie shares Dandelion House with her handsome Yankee, two talented teens, their beloved corgi Max and a flock of 8 chickens lovingly referred to as The Cottage Hens. The "girls" can talk her into just about anything! When she's not playing chauffeur, chasing chickens or tending the garden you can find her relaxing on the beach.
I own 37 chickens and nine ducks and four geese, currently. I have all different breeds of chickens, ducks & geese with beautiful feather patterns and colored eggs. I also have one silky call duck who thinks he is a chicken and loves my olive egger, Flory.
A native Floridian transplanted to California to marry my wonderful husband and now living in Idaho. I am a college teacher by profession but currently staying at home gardening, raising chickens, and even worms! It is my aspiration to teach folks here locally about chickens, gardening, crafting and other fun stuff. I want to pass on what I've been blessed to learn. I love to garden, read, crochet, scrapbook, play the piano, sing and be right where I am, happy with my husband and animal family.
Seven Delaware hens. One Delaware rooster. Two Wyandotte bantam hens. One Wyandotte bantam rooster. Four barnies. Three Muscovy duck hens. One Muscovy duck drake
I'm a city boy who's gone country! My wife and I started raising chickens in July 2009, shortly after we moved out to our little 2-acre homestead in beautiful central Texas. It's been a learning experience, but certainly a fun ride. I enjoy reading, writing, photojournalism, chess, theology ... and poultry!
Heritage Barred Plymouth Rocks is our primary focus and we have been working on the genetics for almost 5 years now. Franny’s Farm is proud to have a Sustainable Poultry Network certified flock. It is a unique time to be a part of the growing movement to reconnect with our food and live by “we are what we eat.” We want our chickens to be the happiest, healthiest birds on the block. They enjoy outdoor pasture and grow at a normal slow growth rate so they have strong skeletal structure, normal organ development, more muscle and texture to the meat, more nutrient and genetic strength with strong immunities. We are committed to the highest standards of care providing a certified heritage chicken breed that has never been treated with hormones or antibiotics, gets exercise and is fed all organic, non-GMO feed. Supporting your local farmer, learning about Heritage breeds & cooking techniques is an amazing shared experience between friends & family!!! We provide recipes and cooking instructions along with other garden goodies to accompany any meal. These are the kinds of birds our grandmothers raised for many generations! We believe that the very best poultry for the kitchen tables of American families are the traditional, heirloom breeds.
I was raised in Nashville, TN. My moma was a big-time corporate business woman and my daddy is a cattle farmer. They divorced when I was 4 so, I got to live in both of these amazing realities of business and farming. I spent most of my education in an all girls Catholic school because that’s what they did back then when you were mischievous and a big talker. I had dreams of going out west so, I went to Forestry school in Flagstaff, AZ. I lived on a farm there for a few years. It was one of 3 Sustainable Agriculture programs in the country at that time. Funny, my husband was in a similar program at the same time in Syracuse NY. I spent many years learning by adventure. I have a graduate degree in Education and taught school for 6 years. I worked in Pharmaceuticals for over a decade. My nickname was the “hippie in high heels.” My career path has been Pharm to Farm. Ever since I can remember, I always wanted to live on a farm. I’ve been gardening since I was 8 and my granny used to say I had 10 green thumbs. Our family was a grand example of city farmers with chickens, bees and a garden. I’ve attended, participated in and taught at Organic Growers School for years among many other farming conventions. We are living the dream! We lost all our investments and our construction business in the economic strife and started over on Franny’s Farm! We bought land overgrown with brambles and have turned into a paradise that we now get to share with others. Come on out to “the bowl of heaven” where dreams come true! Favorite Quotes: “We must be the change we wish to see in the world.” –Gandhi “Music is too loud for just one station, love is too large for just one nation life is too short to make just one decision and god is too big for just one religion.” ― Michael Franti “You may say I’m a dreamer. But I’m not the only one. I hope someday you’ll join us, and the world will live as one.” – John Lennon “In the end, only kindness matters.” – Jewel Perspectives: We all inherently know what is right and good so, just do it. We all make a difference and doing good makes everything better. Random Info: It’s family first for me and everyone that knows me will vouch for it. I’m a Leo and loyal to the end, unless I have to eat you for lunch. Favorite things to do are trail run, see live music, dance with my son & hang out with my hubby. I have a degree in Forestry from Northern Arizona University. It was so close to the Grand Canyon, I hiked it 9 times. Have a masters in Education from Tennessee State University & taught special education for 6 years. Was one of the first women fire-fighters for the US Forest Service in Idaho. That was the early 90’s. It took 3 tries to get to the top of Mt Rainer. Due to severe storms, we got pulled off the first two attempts. Climbed Mt Shasta too. Oh! And I canoed the Rio Grande with a buddy and 2 dogs. That was before the internet and easy access to information that would have told me how dangerous and deadly it was.
21 chickens. The majority of my flock is Basque Hens, Euskal Oiloa, which are a dual-purpose homesteading breed from Spain. I also have a trio of gorgeous German New Hampshires and laying hens of assorted breeds including Welsummer, Speckled Sussex, Brown Leghorn, Phoenix, and Easter Egger.
I was raised in central New Jersey and moved to the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. My husband and I bought a home on three acres in the Appalachian Mountains where we garden and raise chickens. However, we are moving to the Boston Mountains in Northwest Arkansas this year! We have an awesome, off-grid cabin on thirty-three acres in the beautiful Boxley Valley. Follow along on our journey as we expand our efforts towards self-sufficiency and move west on Scratch Cradle where I write about husbandry, incubation, breeding, genetics, and the day-to-day life of my flock.
17 Heritage Breed Hens: Black Australorp, Barred Plymouth Rock, Buff Brahma Bantam, Dominique, Golden Laced Wyandotte, Mottled Cochin Bantam, Silkie Bantam (Buff and Black), Silver Laced Wyandotte, and Welsummer
I grew up in Shawnee, Kansas. More than a decade ago, three generations of my family made the decision to move to New Hampshire. Now we live on a farm that dates back to the 1840s and is located 100 miles from the dairy farm that my great grandparents called home. Each year, we find ourselves producing more of our own food. In 2010, we added a flock of heritage breed hens to our farm and built our own chicken coop. In 2011, we added a herd of Nigerian Dwarf dairy goats and a French Angora rabbit to our barn. In 2012, we added bantam chickens to the landscape of our farm. Stay tuned to see what kind of adventure next year might bring!
We raise Angora goats, dairy goats, chickens, heritage Black Spanish turkeys and bees. We also have a large organic garden and pumpkin patch each year.
I am care taker of all animals on our farm including milking, shearing, hoof trimming, vaccine administer, milker, assisting in animal births, dehorning, ailment fixer, chin scratcher, hug giver, egg collector, chick and turkey hatcher, feeder, waterer. I can drive a tractor, run a sickle bar blade, a rake, baler, plow, disk and seeder. I'm a mad weeder, planter and gardener, honey harvester, maple tree tapper, hay bale stacker, stall cleaner and fence fixer. I can also cook a mean farm to table meal when the day is done. I document, write and photograph our days on the farm at our blog.
Buff Orpingtons, Rhode Island Reds, Partridge Cochin, Easter Eggers, Wyandottes and a single Japanese Bantam
I'm originally a city girl who has been transplanted to the country, and I'm loving it (usually)! I'm a mom to three great kids, and I've been married to a wonderful man for 20 years. We grow vegetables and herbs and raise chickens for their eggs and entertainment value. I also have a Jack Russell Terrier and a guinea pig.
Chicken Breeds: Blue and Black Ameraucanas, Black Copper Marans, Black White Faced Spanish, Silver Laced Wyandotte, White Crested Black Polish, Tolbunt Polish Frizzles, White Silkie, LF Partridge Cochin, Bantam Cochin Frizzle, Light Sussex, Partridge Plymouth Rock, Seramas, Dark Cornish, Speckled Sussex, Barred Plymouth Rock, Blue Splash Marans, Red Dorkings Hybrids: Olive Eggers, Red Sex Link
Kathy Shea Mormino shares a fun-loving, informative style to raising backyard chickens. Her practical approach and down-to-earth sense of humor allow her to connect, educate and share an appreciation for chickens as pets with chicken enthusiasts everywhere. Kathy is a wife and work-at-home mom who balances blogging, writing, crafting and cooking with motherhood of her two little girls and her own flock of more than 40 feathered pets.
Chickens: Brahmas, Bantam Cochins, Silkies, and Cream Legbar
I'm a suburban homesteader, caring for chickens, goats, and a large garden on a little less than an acre. We strive to create the most efficient homestead possible in the small space we have available. My chickens are not only beautiful yard ornaments, but also a vital part of our homestead management practices! We utilize them to produce manure, control pests, turn compost, and more! I've nick-named them "the gardeners" because they are always in the garden, working hard – and redecorating on occasion, too!
I am the mother of two darling little girls Ara (six) and Nora (three) living in rural north-central Pennsylvania with my husband Derek. I love that my daughter, Ara has inspired us to start this journey into the world of "hendom" and am stoked to share our journey with our friends, family and other families seeking to raise backyard chickens!
I have a wonderful blend of Gold Sex Links, White Leghorn, Plymouth Barred Rocks, Red Lace Wyandotte and Rhode Island Red hens. My most precious rooster Sir Eggs Benedict is a beautiful Americana. I also have 6 ducks of various breeds including Pekin, Blue Swedish and Top Hats. Most recently I have had fortune of adding some incubated mixed-breed chicks to the mix!
A year ago my husband and I, both in our mid-40's, decided that life was entirely too short and we should live our lives doing some of the things we had always dreamed of. For him it was a house with land and shop to work on trucks. For me, it was all about having time to write, growing large gardens and raising animals to include ducks, chickens, goats and so on. In a nutshell, I wanted to be more self-sufficient and put my own food on my plate. During this first year I've been fortunate enough to share my experience with friends and family through my blog site. What a learning curve it has been! While I've learned a lot about rearing my first flock the experience is a never ending process. Becoming more self-sufficient doesn't just mean we collect eggs to eat, it will also require expanding into meat birds, butchering and raising other various species of poultry. I'm hoping our experiences here on the farm will encourage more people to seek changes in their lives and by reading my novice perspective they will find the courage to raise, grow and preserve food of their own.
A mixed flock of chickens including Lavender and Chocolate Orpingtons, Australorps, Olive Eggers, Ameraucanas and Marans. A handful of ducks including Saxonies, Anconas, Magpies, Silver Appleyards and Pekins.
I am a fifth-generation chicken keeper, herbalist and the creator of Fresh Eggs Daily®, the award-winning natural chicken keeping blog, where I share tips and tricks to raising chickens and ducks naturally, using old-timer's methods, herbal preventives and natural remedies, as well as DIY crafts and recipes using fresh eggs and produce. I live on a small farm in Virginia with my husband and flock of chickens, ducks, horses, two dogs and barn cat. In addition to gardening and tending to our farm, I regularly write for HGTVGardens, BHG.com and Backyard Poultry, in addition to various magazines including Chickens and Hobby Farms. My book, “Fresh Eggs Daily: Raising Happy, Healthy Chickens….Naturally” was published in October 2013 and I am currently working on a second book. http://amzn.to/1pAK9o3
The Livestock Conservancy is a nonprofit membership organization working to protect over 150 breeds of livestock and poultry from extinction. Our mission is to protect endangered livestock and poultry breeds from extinction. Included in our mission are donkeys, cattle, goats, horses, sheep, pigs, rabbits, chickens, ducks, geese and turkeys. Today, The Livestock Conservancy's work is more critical than ever and helps to: Protect our food systems by keeping alternative livestock and poultry genetic resources secure; Ensure the availability of broad genetic diversity for the continued evolution of agriculture; Conserve valuable genetic traits such as disease resistance, survival, self-sufficiency, fertility, longevity, foraging ability, maternal instincts; Preserve our heritage, history, and culture; Maintain breeds of animals that are well-suited for sustainable, grass-based and organic systems; and Give small family farms raising heritage breeds a competitive edge.
Currently we have six chickens, 2 Black Barred Plymouth Rocks, Welsummer, Easter Egger, Brown Leghorn, Buff Polish Crested.
I have lived in Memphis all my life (no, never been to Graceland). My several moves have led me from way out in suburbia to Midtown - figuratively and literally. We are within biking and walking distance from restaurants, shops, parks and a fairly new Greenway 6.5 miles long that connects to one of the Shelby County parks. I think my mother was the original "kitchen compostor" (if there is such a thing)! It wasn't quite composting - more like recycling food. Nothing went to waste. She had a spot in the backyard, away from the house, that was bare of grass. All organic leftovers, watermelon rinds, lettuce, bread, etc., went to that designated area. Her priority was to feed the wild birds, but if a few squirrels came along that was okay too! She was also my inspiration for growing tomatoes and other vegetables. Many of the things she did years ago haven't changed for some people today- for instance there were only three in our family, but she grew enough tomatoes to feed a country ...
Hi I am Lori Leigh from LL Farm. On our homestead we have cats, dogs, chickens, and cows. I love all things home: cooking, crafting, decorating, antiquing, and gardening, to name a few. My blog LLFarmblog.blogspot.com does not follow just one subject. It is a little bit of this and a little bit of that. I invite you to visit my blog and leave a comment or send me an e-mail. I love meeting people that share the same passions that I have in life!
Ren and Stimpy (Australorps)
I teach busy people how to grow and cook Real Food at home – from Vegetable Patch to kitchen Table. Food that is free of chemicals, full of nutrients and super tasty! My initial focus is on chickens, because they're awesome pets and such entertaining little buggers – you can't beat chicken TV! There are also 3 more practical reasons I started with chickens: 1. Eggs! Almost instant results. An abundance of fresh free range eggs every day – straight on your plate. Real free range eggs taste amazing and are a Superfood – you can't beat that! 2. Soil preparation. Chicken poop brings soil to life and is the foundation for a healthy garden. And the best part is you don't even have to think about it, because chickens spread their fertiliser around for you. It beats driving to the shops, buying Dynamic Lifter by the bag and manually spreading it around your yard each week. 3. Animal cruelty. Caged chickens and overstocked barns cause horrific suffering and torture. By helping more people keep chickens, I aim to reduce reliance on commercial eggs, raise awareness and ultimately make a Dent on this industry.
Chickens: Polish, Cochin, Silkies, Barred Rock, Dominque, Orpinton, Americana, Black Alstralope, Rhode Island Red, Asst. Bantams, Red Sex Link, Lt. Brahma and 4 Rooster so far Ducks: Cayuga, Runners, Swedish, Peking, Campbell, Rouhen Geese: Embden Turkeys: Two Bronze hens- (looking for love from Tom might have to search for one on Craig's List)
I was born and raised in central New York in the country. Until I was about 6, I lived on a dairy farm. We moved to Alaska because my husband was in the Air Force. We fell in love with the area and raised our two children here. We recently moved to a location with more land and freedom, so I got a few chickens and then we grew. I love gardening and nature and Alaska is such a wonderful place to be for both.
To date we have raised/or are currently raising:
Egg layers: Golden Comets, Novogens, Rhode Island Reds, Ameraucanas, Buff Brahmas, Dark Brahmas, Giant Cochins
Meat chickens: Cornish X, Freedom Rangers
Heritage Turkeys: Bourbon Reds
Meat Turkeys: Broad Breasted Bronze, Broad Breasted White
Ducks: Wild Muscovy, Domestic Muscovy
May has published a multitude of books under pen names and her birth name. To date, she has released fifteen romances, one non-fiction, and several young adult novels. She focuses on love, unlikely relationships, and couples who face the odds and beat them. May earned her degree in Early Childhood Education from Endicott College in Massachusetts. After college, she pursued careers in social service, as a preschool teacher, a certified lactation counselor, and a case worker for the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program. May took time out of her busy schedule to also raise an adventurous family, exposing them to the wonders of New England through all the seasons. She now lives in the New England countryside where she and her partner created their homestead.
I have a mixed breed flock that changes from time to time. Currently we have a flock of seven chickens, an Australorp, Two Buff Orpingtons and Four Silkie Bantams.
Melissa Caughey is a backyard chicken keeper, beekeeper, gardener, and cook who pens the award winning blog, Tilly's Nest. She lives on Cape Cod, Massachusetts with her family of four and her Miniature Schnauzer. She regularly writes for HGTV Gardens, Community Chickens, Grit magazine, and contributes to Country Living Magazine. Melissa is currently working on a backyard chicken book with Storey Publishing to be released this upcoming year.
15 laying hens: Buff Orpington, Rhode Island Red, Speckled Sussex, Barred Rock, a Silkie, a Poppyseed, and 2 Copper Maran layers and 3 Copper Marans. New this season: 15 Heirloom Breed turkeys (we'll keep 4 breeding pair) and 14 Broad Breasted White turkeys that will be ready for Thanksgiving.
I'm a country girl from birth, married for a very long time to "the boy next door". We have two grown-up daughters, seven perfect grandchildren and a brown dog. I'm a partner in a small local business "Green Circle Grove"; we make fabric bags and totes and old-fashioned soaps, which we sell at craft fairs and festivals and on our website — www.greencirclegrove.com. I've been happily blogging for Community Chickens for four years, write the material for the Green Circle Grove website and was featured in the February 2013 issue of Your Chickens magazine. I love to learn and I love to share what I have learned with others, whether it's through my fiber crafts, the summer "Granny Camps" we host, community activities or articles that I write for blogs or local newspapers. I read and write, garden and farm, travel and always return to my small, rural corner of the world.
We have ducks, chickens and guinea fowl.
My husband and I have a small farm in upstate New York, way upstate by the Canadian border. We have two children, dogs, cats, goats, chickens, ducks, guinea fowl and angora rabbits. I enjoy photography and love to take pictures of our animals. I love learning new things.
An Australorp, a Red Star, a Partridge Plymouth Rock, a Silver Laced Wyandotte, and a Buff Laced Polish, presumably all female, but we suspect the Polish may be a rooster.
I'm a freelance writer and stay-at-home mom who's obsessed with sustainability, food politics, and cooking from scratch as often as possible. I unexpectedly fell in love with chickens on some random day, researched obsessively for more than a year, and when my husband announced that he was putting up a privacy fence, I agreed under the strict condition that I would get my chickens. Now, we await our first egg.
Currently 11 hens, but the flock continues to grow! Buff Orpington, Barred Plymouth Rock, Golden-laced Wyandotte, Cinnamon Queen, 2 Black Cuckoo Marans and 2 Easter Eggers, White Plymouth Rock, Light Brahma, Black Australorp
I have enjoyed the outdoors, wildlife and gardening for as long as I can remember. Since becoming a Master Gardener in 2007, my gardening interests have been increasingly focused on creating and protecting wildlife habitats. At our 7 acre property in Southwest Missouri, my husband and I have added gardens to our landscape including an ever-expanding kitchen garden, berry beds, and a large butterfly garden. My husband and I are also vendors (Rebecca's Bird Gardens) at the Farmers Market of the Ozarks during the spring and summer months where we sell living-roof birdhouses, living wreaths, vertical gardens and an assortment of rustic birdhouses and feeders utilizing recycled materials. In addition to encouraging wildlife to visit my gardens, I enjoy putting my hens to work as my gardening allies! My flock not only provides me with the richest fertilizer available, but they also help with the weeding and insect control! Our small flock of free-ranging hens are also a great example to my teenage daughters that the freshest, most organic food is what you raise and grow yourself.
In my backyard flock I currently have 4 hens. Two Blue Laced Red Wyandottes, One Easter Egger and One Silver Laced Polish.
I grew up in the townships surrounding Clarkston, Michigan, a small village in Southeast part of the State. My grandparents owned a cattle ranch where they raised horses and beef cattle. My love of farming was born at their homestead. Now, with the help of my husband we raise our two boys, two dogs, two cats, four chickens and a large garden on my just under an acre lot in a small village in Southeast Michigan. I am passionate about eating local fresh food. It is this passion that took us from gardeners to backyard chicken keepers. I share my experience of backyard chicken keeping, gardening, recipes and life in general on my blog Country Girl in the Village. There I also share canning tips, crafts and of course tales from my backyard coop. I enjoy reading, photography, fiber arts and travel. I share these passions through photography on instagram as well. Check me out at https://instagram.com/villagegirlblog
Twenty laying hens, mostly Buff Orpingtons and Americaunas, plus a few assorted pretty hens I couldn't resist and about 30 young offspring. One Black Indian Runner duck (the owl got her mate), and 7 French Guineas. We recently harvested our 50 meat chickens and 5 turkeys.
Two years ago my husband and I bought a storybook1920 farmstead and dived into our dream of creating a diverse little farm - complete with cows, pigs, turkeys, bees, a big garden, and, of course, chickens. I am am also an artist. Since moving here most of my paintings involve farm critters.
Quail: Coturnix quail of the Japanese, Tuxedo and Golden variety
Growing up on a farm in rural Northwestern Kansas, I made it my goal to get as far away from the farming life as possible. It wasn't until a few years after living in the city, that I realized, "You can take the boy off the farm, but you can never take the farm out of the boy." Since then, I've been enjoying raising chickens and quails and farming a small, modest little garden all in my beautiful backyard.
We currently have 34 chickens ranging in size and color. Some of our chickens are standard layers while others are more delicate and prefer to grace us with an egg only on their terms. Many of our chickens are named after prominent authors who have agreed to be interviewed (like Judy-Blume, Chris-Bohjalian, and Meg-Cabot) and some of our birds are named after famous pairs, like Tom and Jerry, and Currier and Ives. One bird; Charlie, ended up living in our house for six months as a result of delicate surgery performed on her when she was only days old. Diversity in the flock is something we continually strive for. It’s how we learn our lessons and apply them to our lives.
As the mother of six kids, I have always used real-life experiences in order to teach my children life lessons. As a journalist, I often wrote about our family’s experiences. I wrote a long-running column for The Nashua Telegraph: Simple Thrift. It described simple, real, honest-to-goodness things you can do to save money, because after a while even pennies tend to add up. I’ve also written several newspaper series. One chronicled my decluttering adventure where over the course of a year my kids and I removed over 5,000 pounds of unwanted stuff from our house. Another series described seasonal thrift saving tips and ideas. One of my readers challenged me to get chickens as a way to be thrifty and since then, I can’t imagine chickens not being a part of our lives. On my blog (www.simplethrift.wordpress.com) I currently chronicle the experiences we have while raising backyard chickens as a source of food (eggs only – I refuse to eat anything that has been given a name). What had started off as a challenge to be thrifty has turned out providing endless hours of entertainment, as well as valuable life lessons and stories that we are more than willing to share with others.