Wednesday, March 24, 2010

future egg layers of America

I've started a journey, my friends. I have purchased my first farm animals. It's something I have wanted to embark on for years, as soon as I embraced my new midwest homeland. I've got the bug. So don't be surprised if someday you read a blog about my homemade goat milk yogurt or something the like.

In the spirit of full disclosure, we started with ten egg laying chicks from Destiny Farms in Milford, MI, and now we are down to nine. Sadly our over-enthusiastic dog got the better of one.

I've got a coop on the way and am in final stages of planning for what part of the yard to surrender to them. In the meantime, they're watered and fed and hidden in the basement under heat lamps just around the bend from my garden corner. Tonight I was thinning some hollyhocks and let the two largest birds "free range" around that basement room.

Do they realize the irony of growing up among the artichoke and pecking on the arugula and broccoli seedlings? I don't think so. There's not much going on in those little chicken heads.

a wee kale leaf

Certainly there will be more about them and their beautiful eggs to come.


Christine said...

I LOVE this!!! And I don't know how you find the time to do all that you do with 4 kids - an inspiration!

Lilies of the Field said...

I wish we were coming to your house on thursday instead of the other way around... i wanna see those lil babies!!!!

Shannon said...

I'm jealous...I think Mark & my HOA would have something to say about it if I got chickens...

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