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New Arrivals - Livin' the Good Life

Mar. 15th, 2008

12:23 pm - New Arrivals

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At the end of a long day of hoeing and hauling manure, I got an extra special treat! Damian called me to come over and see their recent arrivals. Twelve baby chickens! They are so doggone cute! They look to be several different varieties, but we won't know for sure until their real feathers come out in about a month. Until then, they are just fluffy balls of cuteness! It reminds me of my one experience with chickens. Back in 1976, I had a full goat-milking operation going (well.. two goats), and I decided to expand our "farm" and get chickens. I ordered 12 hens, but they turned out to be 3 hens and 9 roosters. LET THE PECKING BEGIN! They were ruthless with each other! They pecked each other raw! Needless to say, we got rid of the roosters, but by that time the hens were in bad shape, so we eventually got rid of them too. Steve tried to kill the roosters himself, but overestimated his hardness of heart! He admitted after carrying the first rooster around by its neck for an hour or so that he just couldn't do it! Poor guy! I completely sympathized with him. After that, we felt happy to buy eggs from our neighbors. Much less messy. But, I know lots of happy chicken owners, and I'm excited that Damian and Maya are taking on the project. (My brother has had chickens for at least 20 years, and I don't see him throwing in the towel.) It may be the first in a number of livestock endeavors that they embark on. I love the idea of a farm NEXT DOOR.