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Ordinary Chickens

| 5/1/2014 11:00:00 AM

Hen Chicken 

Valerie BoeseIf we did not keep chickens, my family would not have learned ...

To laugh at the silly things that chickens do

To feed them corn from our hands and feel their pecking beaks

To be awakened early in the morning, by roosters crowing, not alarm clocks  

To know you may need to outrun an overbearing rooster or stand up to him

To know you don’t need a rooster to have fresh eggs, you only need a hen

6/19/2014 9:13:13 AM

Ah, yes, chickens. Aren't they delightful? They were one of our first rural ventures and we still keep some around. We have a colorful flock, with several different breeds in it. Ours are all brown egg layers, though. I love your colorful chickens. They are gorgeous!

5/5/2014 10:36:14 AM

Valerie, I must confess that I never had the connection to chickens that you talk about. I was always on the pecking end of gathering eggs and the coop cleanup end after they were processed into Sunday dinners. Trust me. July is not a good time to be cleaning out a chicken coop filled with three months of left behind garden fertilizer. We never had roosters so I didn't have to deal with them. Mom never had the colorful chickens just the plain white ones. I have no idea what kind they were. Both my parents came from a generation of farmers. Although they didn't live their entire lives on the farm nor did they generate the entire family income from a farm, they still couldn't give it up and always had small farms (100 acres or less) to supplement their incomes. I never developed the love for homestead animals. I learned very quickly that it tethered the homesteader to required daily chores. I guess I'm just not true homestead material. I do however have the love for raising gardens and have developed automatic watering to care for the garden while I'm away. There are some things I like about both city life and country life. I'm destined to be an Urban Farmer without animals or birds unless they are wild. ***** Have a great ordinary chicken day.

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