This post is about lessons I learned about chickens and lessons I learned about myself this past week…
1. You can buy a lot of eggs for the cost of what it takes to raise chickens!
This is really what sparked this entire epiphany. When my girls molted and stopped laying I started to contemplate exactly how much they were actually costing me. I came to the realization that they aren’t really cost effective (I think I already knew this deep down) but just love having chickens anyway!
I figured the best use of my money was to butcher them now while they were still good for eatin’…
2. I am a practical, old-school kind of farmer.
I love having a farm in our backyard! I love having animals! But I also love raising my own food! And I raise chickens for food… Whether it is eggs or meat, that is their purpose. It’s not cold or heartless, it is what I raised them for.
3. I get a real sense of pride and satisfaction from raising my own food!
It is really cool to fill my freezer full of meat that I raised from babies, collected eggs from, butchered and cooked all by myself (with some help from my fantastic family and friends)!
4. I will not be buying chickens with black feathers anymore!
While black-feathered birds look gorgeous in the coop, they don’t look so nice in the roaster! Ugh! All those black feather ends don’t look very appetizing…
5. Flock rotation sounds like a good idea!
The city only allows me to have 8 chickens in my backyard. I think that this year I am going to buy only 4 hens. Then the following spring I will buy 4 more. This way in the future I will always have 4 prime laying hens and 4 for the freezer. I think this will be a much better plan! We’ll see how it goes…
6. I am going to miss having chickens!
: o( But I will be glad to have babies again this spring!