Do you think there is a 12 step program for this? There should be. Chickens are the gateway livestock, and it is way too easy to become addicted. I have geese because I had chickens. I have ducks because I had geese. I will have guinea fowl, because what the hell and why not. You see the slippery slope? Chickens are cute, small, portable, cheap, and very useful. There are always tons of them at the feed store and online, and they are so tempting, especially after a long, cold winter.
|These are our layers right now. Hermione, the Barred Rock, is in the front here.|
|A Sicilian Buttercup chick|
|A Black Copper Maran chick.|
|My mother's silkie chick. Mine was still in the brooder.|
|A Salmon Faverolle chick.|
|New Barred Rocks. We call them The Hermiones.|
|Either a Speckled Sussex, or a Welsummer. They both look the same to me.|
- I am a chicken addict.
- Chickens are the gateway livestock and lead to other types of livestock.
- I single-handedly increased our chicken flock over 3 fold in a month's time.
- I like even numbers when it comes to my livestock.
- I should not go to the feed store and look in the chick room.
- I will have WAY too many eggs later this year, and will be giving them to anyone who rings the doorbell or walks past the house (or drives past, or looks in my direction).
- The eggs will be pretty. Just think of all the colors we'll get.
- If there are roosters in this batch (beyond what I planned for), then we'll have chicken to eat.
- I will never remember all the names of the chickens, even though my children will name every one of them. I will call them all "Chicken".
- I will not be placing a chick order next year (or the year after that).
- My husband is a saint and deserves a shrine to be built to him.
|One of the Ameraucanas from the feed store. My daughter says her name is Molly.|