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Farm Lesson #5: Life Lessons from Chickens

chickens, backyard chickens, raising chickens

When we moved to the farm, my first goal was to get chickens. And let me tell you, I didn’t wait long. The first full weekend after moving to the farm (yes, after 8 days) we marched off to the feed store and picked up our girls and necessary supplies. Seven baby chicks, all laying hens, came home with us, deeming our plot of land a true farm.

Truth is, I had no idea how to raise chickens, so I employed my “fake it, til I make it” approach and with the help of Google and a Backyard Chicken Facebook group, I marched on like a boss. Six months later, we are getting eggs every day and the girls are loving their free range days on the farm. We have curbed the puppy’s tendency to chase chickens and have settled into a happy rhythm. I knew I wanted chickens, but I wasn’t prepared for how much I love having chickens.

Chickens are funny – endlessly entertaining to me. They run to me everytime I come outside, they follow me around like a little pack of fans and they just want to be close. They are loyal and forgiving. Relational and stick together. They are hard working and explorers. They get scared, fuss and flap for a second and then move on without memory. They can be counted on. Seems we have a lot to learn from a chicken.

backyard chickens

I am so blessed to have a band of girls on our farm. ❤❤❤ If you are ever feeling low, come visit, the girls will be happy to cheer you up.

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It’s the little things

Way to go girls… our first egg!

Starting off on a farm is hard work! I am sure I put in two miles a day just watering and feeding pets and gardens! There are days that I fall into bed after a full day of work and chores and wonder about taking on this amount of work in our fifties. But there are so many little things that make it so worth it.

The quiet as we just sit and enjoy the gorgeous sunset, the peace of walking the puppy along the property to learn his space, the satisfaction of cooking with berries and veggies right from your own yard. The muscles that are refinding themselves after schlepping 40 pound bags of feed, hauling hay and wrestling naughty goats back into their pens.

Everyday, when the goats and chickens follow me around like toddlers yelling, “Mom, mom, mom” with their bleating and clucks, it makes me smile. And today, we found our first egg! It’s exciting to see progress. So far that egg cost about $600+ but I’m sure the cost balance will even out over time. None the less, we know that those chickens are eating organic, non-GMO feed so the eggs will be pure and good for our health!

I love life on the farm. Come visit anytime you need a little more peace..there is nothing like a dose of fresh air and an animal snuggle to heal ya! ❤❤❤