Tuesday, April 22, 2008

CHICKENS??!!!!



So after a long silence and break from blogging, I have something to say. It's something I've been thinking about for a while. Chickens. I want them. Yes, them with their feathery heads, and egg laying bottoms. Them with their poop and the lovely feeling of country and dirt, brought to home in urbania! Chickens. I don't even know if I like them, but I want them. There are three chicken coops at residences within walking distance to our house and I stalk them, by stopping and staring and coveting every time I walk past them. I've created a chicken stalker out of Lil' B. She cries, "Chickens, STOP!" anytime we drive past a home with a coop. Anyways, we're sounding pretty strange now. Read on. Tell me if we're crazy.

Fears about Chickens:

1.They might peck each other to death?! Yuck!
2.They leave a lot of poop.
3.If the coop isn't structurally sound, my cat will probably kill them all with pleasure! It's really upsetting to think about.
4.Nothing. Chickens are great, I tell myself.

Pros about Chickens

1. Eggs!!!!!!!!
2. Great learning environment for my hippie children
3. I want them.
4. Fun
5. Eggs!!
6. Eggs

See that's six, which way outways the fears.

Today at work, B happened to secure us two or three chickens from the cook at school, who is giving some away. Sweet, and they are free. But the negative side is that we don't have a coop yet! Very negative. B would have to build us a coop right away. (Side note: The other night I came home and B was looking at urban chicken coops online. So cute.) Stay tune to see what happens in the Rambling Rose Chicken Saga. "Will she get chickens or not?"

6 comments:

bethany said...

definitely, DEFINITELY you are not crazy. Brad agreed that when we get the house sold that we will have chickens too. I have done all the research and know exactly which coop I want to build, I have learned the law of C-town (as many chickens as you want but no roosters! who would want one anyway!!!).

So no..you are not crazy...or maybe I am crazy too.

Andy said...

Go for it! We've been throwing around the idea for a long time and just haven't taken the plunge yet. I'm a little terrified of the thought of what our very large dog would think of it.

Mmmm...fresh eggs.

ThomasK said...

I agree, you should go for it! We jumped in and got our own two chickens a year ago, and haven't regretted the decision for even a half a moment since. It seems many of your fears pertain to larger flocks than a small 2-3 hen flock as is normal in a backyard.

Our two Plymouth Barred Rock hens keep us in about a dozen fresh eggs a week.

See how our chicken-raising adventure has gone over on my Urban Chickens blog.

Megan Malone said...

DONT DO IT.

URBAN/HIPPIE/FARMER????

I'D TELL YOU TO MOVE TO THE COUNTRY BUT I'M A SELFISH MOFO AND DONT WANT YOU ANY FARTHER FROM ME THAN YOU ARE

CHICKENS ARE SMELLY
WORSE THAN MY UNDERAMRS.

bethany said...

so dude, I have been recently doing tons of research on this topic too. we are going to build one!! we are going to do a mobile one that can be wheeled around the yard so they can eat/fertalize the grass as well. I am thinking about getting the plymouth rock pullets, and maybe rhode island as well. I think we will do 3 or 4...but still not decided on the number.

How is this looking for you guys, have you got them yet?! let me know if you find any super good info. I have a bunch of books at the library on hold...well I am on the wait list. let me know your progress...keep me updated!!

sean said...

Oh heaven. Clucking and pooping and stuff. You are a dork but I love you for it. I am closer to Megan's side but I know that as I am writing this you are in bliss with their arrival.