Hubby was very excited and had to convince me to be so spontaneous and get everything we needed for our 'mini farm' on the spot. I loved the idea, but wasn't sure how we would go. It was new. And the idea of handling chickens wasn't familiar. The look on my 3 boys (big and small) was one of excitement and one of longing for our dream. Our one day property!
I jumped on board and we went home squished inside the car with a box of 3 chickens and the flat packed chicken coup. It was hilarious fitting it all in.
Fast forward 6 months.
Our 3 little ladies have settled in brilliantly. They are so tame and crouch down as you approach them ready for a hug. They give us about 2-3 eggs every day and I've only had to buy 1 or 2 cartons in that time (when baking big quantities of macarons usually ;)
The eggs are SO fresh and delicious! When we put ours in a 'poach off' with a supermarket egg, ours stayed together perfectly in comparison to the supermarket egg which foamed up and did not even try to stay together.
They have been a very welcomed addition to our house giving me moments like this every day:
A few notes:
- Although we dream of acerage, we have a 500m2 block of land now, and they don't take up much space at all and take such little maintenance.
- They make very little noise, we got hens for eggs after all, no roosters to wake up neighbors.
- I have cut down on food wastage and rubbish in general by probably close to 20%. They eat almost anything!
- They have helped teach our boys so many lessons, from food origins, care and responsibility to love of cooking and counting / numeracy skills (with egg collecting for my 3 year old).
We have convinced some to buy chickens and many more to consider. We only paid about $30 each for our Isa Browns and they are worth every penny.
Q/ Would you ever get chickens at your place?