|Rosie on the nest|
I am surprised at how much I enjoy raising chickens. In some strange way, watching them relaxes me. Yes, they can be dirty, stubborn, and downright frustrating, but they can also be sweet, responsive, and believe it or not-intelligent! They are surprisingly easy to train. I had no idea what I was doing, but the birds made it easy. When they see me walking out to the chicken pasture in the evening, most of the hens immediately come to greet me and then file into the coop for the night without any coaxing from me. Occasionally, one of the younger hens will try to negotiate for some extra time out of the coop by stalling, but the kids and the dog make sure she ends up where she needs to be.
|Alex with Silkie|
|Britain with Pepper|
Our chicken farming experience so far has been surprisingly easy. In fact, I'm starting to wonder if I'm discipling the chickens or if the chickens are discipling me. Either way, I'd love to raise chickens for the rest of my life. Now I just need to figure out a way to raise them near the beaches of Florida where Brandi is planning for us to spend our retirement years!