We were blessed with not one but several roosters. We were given sick chickens by a local gal off craigslist. In our first weeks we grew attached and had to let go as we dealt with our fare share of loss. Ultimately I learned a hard lesson by the end of the year: don't free range chickens. I deeply loved our first flock. Another hard lesson: don't get attached to chickens. And: chickens come and chickens go. We experienced the food chain first hand; raccoon, possum, hawk & our dog Rocky have a taste for chicken. We lost all 12one way or another.
I worked hard on our coop and it's emptiness pulled at mine and Logan's heart come spring. Though thoughtless I loved our Silkies and decided on an entire flock of them. Another lesson quickly learned: Silkies are dumb. We still have to 'put the, in the coop at night because they can't figure out how to get in it. They don't like nesting boxes either, so we removed them.....insert sigh here. These quirky birds will get a new home this year, a specially designed low-rider coop.
Any day now 12 new chickies will join our family. I have a goal of a dozen eggs a day. Also on the docket are goats! Not for meat but milk & cheese. I feel like a reasonable little business venture can birth from such a small little farming operation. I feel the need to share and write again because I've caught the farm bug. After last summers torrential monsoons our garden was left as a bog. We lost nearly everything I planted. 2013 was a wash of a year. I'm ready for 2014 and all it's Budding Provisions.