I 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.
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.
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