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Chicken Rant

Cyndi WatsonI welcomed the slow breezy way of living and, I surely welcomed the openness.  I am in a hurry to gather up as many seeds as I can, make my own laundry soap even to weave bent fallen branches into a wreath to hang on my door for the fall. To me that is part of living in the country.


One and Thing Two
Cyndi’s Chickens named Thing One and Thing Two

Each day I drive down the end of the long winding road that leads away from the farm, a  woman who sells chickens always seems to have a sign out’ Bantams for sale’.  Every day I pass her house with that sign posted I think to myself, how hard could it be to raise chickens?  It might be my personality but I researched a little and then went out scouting for a local person who breeds and sells poultry.  I purchased two, a rooster and a hen. Later, I couldn’t help but pick up a few more birds.  The corn shed is used as a coop; putting old branches up crisscross in the corners of the corn shed for chicken comfort zones.   I posted a few photos of the corn shed so you can peek into it. Yea, I use discounted blue small bins as hen boxes- what can I say I, can’t resist repurposing.

Now, my birds are gurgling and clucking around the yard and I have added to the flock.  I am constantly observing them just like I did when I adopted my dogs Serious and Taco. It amazes me to see the personalities shine through ever so slowly as they get accustomed to me and their new surroundings. I wasn’t sure what to feed them so I asked, the guy on the next farm down the road.  He told me he gives his birds cracked corn! I would have never thought to give pet chickens cracked corn. I ran out to the store and grabbed up a bag of cracked corn.  The bag was about 10 pounds of corn and it cost about twelve dollars. I am not sure what everyone else is giving their chickens but I would love to learn what you are feeding your chickens so please let me know!

Currently I have added to their diet. I give the chickens table scrapes of cooked beans, tomatoes, lettuce, fish and breads. I find the chickens like a home blend of nuts, cranberries and sunflowers. You know by now (if you have been following my blog) the country life for me is a work in progress. There is so much to do, see and experience in this lil farm I live on and I welcome it all.  Like anything I need to remember I don’t know enough and there are so many others who have done this transition and can share bits and pieces with me.  Just look at those cuties in the photos.