It has been nearly three years since we first welcomed chickens into our lives. The daily task of tending to our flock and collecting fresh eggs are such an integral part of our daily lives that it is difficult to imagine a time before we were chicken keepers. It’s also hard to imagine ever returning to a life that includes buying eggs from the grocery store instead of from our backyard coop.
Not long after the first baby chicks arrived here at 1840 Farm, I began contributing to Community Chickens. I have shared the details of the entire experience from finishing the construction of our coop, surviving a hurricane with a little help from our hens, and helping our hens to survive the hot summer temperatures. Last summer, I wrote about our Independence Day plans and the connection between chicken keeping and our nation’s history of celebrating our independence.
This experience has been far from one-sided. Your comments on each post have helped to inspire meto keep writing and sharing the news from our coop and farm. You have offered your ideas and suggestions when I found myself with a chicken keeping dilemma. I have enjoyed reading every comment and have learned so much from each of them.
Part of what has made it such a fantastic experience has been the diversity of voices offering equally diverse opinions. So much of life, and chicken keeping, is personal and individual. There are as many ways to tend to chickens as their are people who tend them. I find that I am constantly learning new strategies by reading and sharing with other keepers.
In the coming months, I’d like to offer a place where we can share a little friendly advice with each other. We can trade tips and advice regarding some of the most common chicken keeping questions and challenges. I’ll start by asking you which topics your are most interested in. What is your biggest challenge when tending to your flock? Leave me a comment and I will hope to provide my experience and also ask our Community Chickens community to do the same.
I look forward to reading your comments and participating in the conversation with you. In the meantime, I hope that you and your family enjoy a safe and happy holiday week.