Stories From Backyard Poultry Class

| 3/12/2010 4:21:16 PM

Tags: Chickens,

A photo of Shannon SaiaThis year we’re really stepping up the gardening effort; tilling up more yard, thinking things through a little more. We have some definite goals when it comes to preservation, particularly of tomato products. Producing some amount of one’s own food is never insignificant. But I think that you really cross the line from gardener to backyard homesteader when you start adding livestock.

We started talking about chickens last fall. Since then I’ve done some research. I’ve joined a Yahoo forum. I’ve traveled to a nearby county to meet a nice lady and her chickens. And this past weekend I took a class in keeping backyard poultry.

I will say that I don’t feel exactly the same way about this whole enterprise as I did this past fall. When we first talked about getting chickens we were thinking only about eggs, and I certainly didn’t think that I could ever actually eat chickens that lived here. But after learning a little more, and knowing that because of zoning restrictions I can only keep 2 adult birds on the property, it’s really important to me that the two chickens we have are going to lay.

Plus, my research indicates that a chicken’s natural life span could be up to 15 years. Fifteen years is a serious commitment. It’s big. It’s like getting two more dogs.

Um ... NO.

I’ll be honest with you, I don’t want to make a 15-year commitment to an individual chicken – not when they’re only going to lay eggs for me for four or five years, tops. So these days I’ve been giving some serious consideration to the stewpot.

S.M.R. Saia
4/16/2010 2:20:07 PM

Thanks Sky!

3/26/2010 1:15:21 PM

Shannon, I have just discovered your blog and appreciate your writing skill and the valuable information you are sharing. I am a city-transplant to the country so I need all the help I can get about how to do this country-living thing. I'll be following your blog closely. Thanks again, Sky

S.M.R. Saia
3/19/2010 7:39:53 AM

Thanks so much Colleen, Susan and Rebekah for reading along and I try to balance determination with intimidation! Rebekah, thanks for that offer, which I will probably take you up on!!!!!

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