Monday, October 6, 2008

I am breaking the rules.

My new chicks.
As in girls.
Now I am a back yard farmer. No I mean look at my new pets.
Here eggs are almost all white store bought.
And cost $2-3.00 a dozen.
I want fresh organic healthy eggs for my hubby.
His diet is restricted to not many of the store bought.
But with these they will be good for him.
I am on the edge of town and can not have farm animals.
I can sit in the front yard and look at baby cows grow up.
I can walk around the corner an see 3 horses.
I can look out my bedroom window and see a goat.
But I have to hide my new egg layers
Dottie lays brown eggs and is a Barred rock.She is said to be a 2 year old layer. She is raise a free range chick so she is free of chemicals and healthy. When I bought her she was not quite so red. But as soon as I was finished putting up some fencing and a tarp over the front of the carport. She turned bright red. That means she is happy and I may find an egg soon.
Sunshine will lays blue. She is only 5-6 month so she is not quite ready to lay eggs. She is said to be an ARAUCANA chicken. But from all I read I do not know if she is a ARAUCANA or Ameraucana breed which has a tail and sports muffs and beard in the facial area. These characteristics are true-breeding. But My chick has no tail yet or could the feathers be pulled? I think she may be a wheaten blue, or maybe just an easter egger.
If you know by looking please let me know. Thanks
You will have to click on the picture to enlarge.
This is my view out of the front door. of the cows. It was taken with my old camera, so I did not get a good pic. My new camera is wonderful. And I can use my lenses from my 35 mm on it to get up to 300 mm. The cows are what I was calling teen agers. They are maybe 1+ years old. You can see them run and play like puppy's. It is so cute.
They are in another pasture right now so I can not get a better picture till they come back.
This is a picture of 2 of the horses from around the corner.
They are in my yard to see my grandson Jeremy.
They were taking a walk on the streets of town.
So I ask my self why can I not have 2 chickens. I an not close to my neighbor.
And I did not get a roster to make noise.
So my chick will be out of public view.

You may ask
Why do I want my own chickens?
They will be healthier for my hubby to eat.
The eggs will contain:

• 1⁄3 less cholesterol
• 1⁄4 less saturated fat
• 2⁄3 more vitamin A
• 2 times more omega-3 fatty acids
• 3 times more vitamin E
• 7 times more beta carotene

There will be no gas used to pick up or deliver my eggs.
They will help with insect control
and eat grass and greens from the yard.
And I will know my eggs are today fresh.
Also I will know my eggs came from a happy chicken who was not caged in bad living conditions. Plus I will feel like a farmer. lol

I am also a home maker and this is what I am doing to help feed my family a healthy meal
I also added my link to this. It is so much fun to make new friends.


Constance said...

Thank you for stopping by on Friday to visit my S&T. My Hub has hogged the computer all weekend downlading his photos,developing themon Lightroom and then finally downloading all 700+ of them from our recent vacation, otherwise, I would have stopped by sooner!

I like your new chickens! I read how it's against the rules where you live to have them. I am wondering though, how you're gonna sneak a noisy rooster in there to get some eggs? Ha ha!

I was browsing through your last couple of entries and I too, am a Missouri girl, born and raised. I grew up in the inner city of St Louis but traveled down to the boot heel to visit family and until this summer, our oldest daughter and her family was living in Columbia. I love the rolling hills and seeing the farms, that's something I miss living in Texas!

Your lady friend reminds me of a lady I met when I was in high school. I was living with my father & Stepmother at the time and they lived in Franklin County. Theeir neighbors had a huge garden and the wife canned their vegetables and such. I was fascinated by the process and she was actually the one who got me interested in canning! They are long gone but everytime I drag out all of my canning gear, I think of her!

I enjoy spending time with older people, probably because of how close I was to my own grandmother. Having my own cleaning business for 11 years I have cleaned for a lot of older folks, many have passed on now. There's a wealth of wisdom there, just waiting to be tapped into!

Happy Monday!

Grammy said...

Hi Constance, You do not need a roo to get eggs, You only need him to get chicks. I am about 70 miles away from Columbia. We have to go there to get things from Sams club. And the better hospitals are located there. Thanks for stopping by.

Anonymous said...

Congrats on the contraband chickies!! ;) As for whether your hen is an ameracauna, auracauna or an Easter Egger, I cannot help you there. It's just too dang confusing!! :)

Michelle said...

I love your new chickens! Don't forget to display the beautiful eggs they lay for you. The view from your front door is gorgeous!

Anonymous said...

Maybe this article at Wikipedia will help?

I think she's an Ameracauna. We have some and they are delightful!

I love home-grown eggs. They're infinitely superior to store bought! Good luck with your chicken endeavors. Just watch out . . . they can become an obsession.

mub said...

We usually get our eggs from our in-laws who have chickens, and it's so nice not to have to pay supermarket prices! The -only- thing I use store bought eggs for is when I need egg whites or yolks separately. The in-laws' chickens are old and that apparently can make the eggs impossible to separate (as I discovered the hard way *L*).

Carla said...

I WANNA HIDE CHICKENS IN MY YARD TOO!!! We live way out in the country, in a mobile home resort (proper term), and aren't allowed 'farm' animals. Boohoo! I can (and do) have rabbits because they are 'pets' and not tax exempt-but no chickens. My rabbits eat house and yard waste, feed my compost pile, and supply wonderful manure. PLUS if I really FEEL like it I can eat them. Enjoy! (they are really beauties:)

Joan said...

I'm completely jealous of your chickens! My first time visiting your blog, and I've thoroughly enjoyed it. I'll be back!

Sarah C. said...

Awww, I love the chickies! I was the one who took care of ours when we had some. Thank you for sharing!!!

Jen said...

We have been thinking about getting chickens in the spring. I grew up on a chicken farm of 30,000chickens....we do not want that many of course. But I want a few for eggs. How great it would be to have our own eggs when we want them.

Jewelgirl said...

I am a city chick that longs to be
back in the country. I would love
to have chickens and turkeys and
cats and bunnys and maybe goats.
I love animals too! Wow those eggs
sound amazingly healthy, I had no

Dustybug said...

Thanks for visiting my blog!

I wish I could have chickens, but alas I'm a little too prissy and would probably be terrified of them! lol.

Carla said...

Ok, I'm back! I checked your eglu button, are you using this for a coop? Will yours have a yard? Will you move them around? I'm thinking a yard with a cage attached would be wonderful for my rabbits. I'm looking forward to see what you do:)

Kelli said...

Your new chickens are so sweet! I have always wanted some of my own...maybe someday if we move to the country. :0)

Earthmommy said...

Good luck with your new girls!! It seems silly that you can't have farm animals when you are surrounded by them.

Anonymous said...

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Elizabeth G. said...

Hi, thanks for stopping by!

Guess what? I have always wanted to have chickens. One of my friends use to raise them and she had a portable coop, never had to clean it. Just pushed it around to different places in her yard so the chickens could fertilize the grass.

Take care,

Rae said...

How neat!! I have been thinking of getting a couple of chickens. We have a bunny hutch out back that I can convert. I love all the reasons you listed for wanting chickens. Good luck!!

Lisa Ann said...

Congrats on the chickens. We raised them when I was a girl.

Teeny Tiny cabin said...

Loved everything about your sweet post on your little chickies!
(I love animals too!)
Blessings to You!
Claudia O.

Mom2my9 said...

This is so cool! We have chickens and cows, too, and it is so much fun! It just feels great to be giving our family this pure food. Thank you for posting this at Homemaker Mondays and I hope to see you again next week!

Mom2my9 said...

This is so cool! We have chickens and cows, too, and it is so much fun! It just feels great to be giving our family this pure food. Thank you for posting this at Homemaker Mondays and I hope to see you again next week!

TJ said...

I find that strange, we aren't allowed farm animals in town here, but in the city limits you can have chickens, they just have to be properly enclosed.

It's all city code anyway, which is only half heartedly enforced. And around here, we have a huge population of immigrants from Michoacan and Jalisco. They are so used to raising chickens in their yards, and continue to do so.

Enjoy your eggs! We were buying ours from a small farm just down the road. so yummy