Saturday, May 1, 2010
Yep. We are raising chickens!
For years Mike and I have talked about having a few laying hens. With having young children, we thought that we just couldn't handle raising more little lives. :) We realized that we didn't want to keep putting aside our small homesteading dreams just because of our "stage of life".
So I checked out a few books from the library. Then I talked to two local friends who raise chickens AND children to get a realistic perspective on what the daily rhythm would look like. I found some helpful websites and entertaining blogs. And then we headed to a local feed and seed and found our little chicky peeps. Six Little Women to be exact.
It has been incredibly easy.
The sistahs are living it up in a Rubbermaid bin with a small feeder, waterer, pine shavings, and a heat lamp in my master bathtub! We make sure their water and food is clean and filled twice a day and change their shavings twice a week. That's it! We have an old dog pen in the backyard that we are converting to the coop quarters and will be moving them out there in the next week. We take them outside every few days for about 30 minutes of fresh air and roaming and exploring. I love it!
Every time we make one small simple step towards a more self-sufficient lifestyle, it feels very liberating and empowering. Living sustainably and knowing where your food comes from is such an exciting adventure. Homesteading isn't just for farmers or families who own a few acres. There are backyard homesteads everywhere and people are growing their own food on teeny-tiny plots of land in urban areas!
If "getting back to the land" and simple living interests you, don't let your location keep you from your dream. Start small with containers of veggies grown on your back porch or apartment balcony. Grow herbs on a windowsill. Bake some sourdough bread and try making your own yogurt. Make your own cleaning supplies, laundry detergent, and deodorant. Put up a clothesline. Plant a blueberry bush. Raise some urban chickens!
Start with where you are and what you have. Keep it simple.
Fresh eggs, anyone?
**by the way, I just finished this great book that I found in the library...a quick and fun read on small-scale homesteading!**