No, I haven't purchased chickens. But we did spend a couple of hours yesterday with friends who have chickens. The girl spent the whole time carrying the chickens around with their feet pointed at the sky (apparently, that's how they feel most comfortable being held, but still they didn't look all that thrilled to be carried around endlessly by two four-year olds).
I have mentioned to my family my potential interest in getting chickens--maybe for next spring. The kids are thrilled. The husband, less so.
But first, I need to make more progress on other parts of the sufficiency/sustainability scheme before I launch into the world of chickens.
Some of my plans:
- Get/Build Composter
- Keep a garden throughout the seasons
- Maybe set up a lasagna garden plot
- Set up system for catching grey water from the washer
- Rescue sewing machine from garage and give it a prime spot in the house
- Clean out and purge my part of the garage
- Do a lot of canning late summer and fall (probably with goodies from the farmers' market)
But first, it's time to go on a cruise to Alaska! Ah, the simple life.
P.S. Yesterday, in the midst of preparing for the trip, I managed to get two hours to work on the dissertation, which I have been sorely neglecting. While I didn't read much, I did re-think my chapters, which felt like progress. Just letting you know that I haven't let all of my academic responsibilities go by the wayside as I fantasize about building my backyard homestead.
*Picture of Buff Orpington chicken is from BackyardChickens.com