It really feels like I have a mini farm these days. We have had our chickens for about 4 weeks now and I absolutely love them! It took a couple of weeks for the chooks to get settled and for me to get used to having ‘pets’ to take care of. These are my first since leaving my family home, so I guess it is safe to say these are MY first ‘pets’. I use the term ‘pets’ loosely… what defines a pet? These chickens are productive, they actually contribute to the household with their fresh eggs which is my daily breakfast each morning, I take care of them and they take care of me.
I had wanted chickens for at least the past 12 months. Being an avid egg lover (I may even go as far as to say eggs are my FAVORITE food, which would be a shock to those who know me as I am a keen chocoholic!!), I was becoming more and more disgruntled with the store bought eggs. They were consistently flavorless! It wouldn’t matter if I bought cage eggs, free range eggs, organic eggs, eggs from the Sunday produce market…. they were all the same different shade of bland. I knew this couldn’t be right, there had to be a way I could have eggs as they were meant to be had – in all their full flavored, golden yellow yolk goodness.
As it turns out, there was a way and it involved three pretty little hens. They are surprisingly easy to look after and provide hours of entertainment! Husband & I have slowly been introducing them to our yard and yesterday afternoon was the first time they were allowed to roam free. Yes, they are officially ‘free range’ chooks! Although, in reality they only seem to want to roam to the bottom of our Mango tree, conveniently located just meters away from their pen where they rummage around in the last years supply of grass clippings and dead leaves. Oh well, they certainly look happy!