To Chicken or Not to Chicken? That is the Question

to chicken or not to chickenThis post is unique in that it has taken me almost a whole year of blood, sweat, and tears to get it to this point.  It will probably end up being a series because you didn’t come here to read a novel, but I’ll start from the beginning and see where it goes.

We live in a small-town rural-ish area and built our house on a lot that is about 4/10ths of an acre in size. If you can’t picture that it might help to tell you that it measures about 160 feet by 105 or so feet.   At the time of our build we had a landscaper friend draw up our thoughts on how we’d like to have it landscaped… eventually.  Well, it’s been almost 7 years since we moved in and there is still bare dirt in the back yard, among all the weeds and rocks there’s a little dirt anyway.  :/ There were  not any out-buildings in the plan…remember that, because it will come into play as we go on.

Fast forward to last spring.  In our area, we have lots of opportunities to learn about things relating to self-reliance, preparedness, Gardening, DIY etc.  A monthly class is held in a neighboring town and that months topic was backyard chickens and bee-keeping.  We have neighbors who have chickens and I was curious about what was involved so I went to this class.  I expected to see an old farmer type of guy teaching the class but instead the presenter who spoke about chickens was a cute young power-point wielding mom, who didn’t “look the type” but knew a whole lot about chickens.  She gave a great presentation, as did the beekeeper lady, they both went into detail about what it took to keep chickens and bees.

I came away from the class thinking, ‘Wow I learned a lot of stuff about keeping chickens, enough to know that I didn’t want any.’  I know my limits HAHAHA .  Read here for more info about that…particularly the part about plate spinning.  Leaving that class, I felt relieved that I didn’t feel compelled to spin yet another plate. I could just go on with the current ones.

Several happy-plate-spinning weeks went by and then I got a phone call…..

To be continued ……HERE

What do you think?