That was it, the beginning of the addiction. With the years that followed, we raised a couple dozen chickens, ducks, turkey, and even a few pheasants. And yes, we enjoyed all the fresh farm eggs! Then we moved.
The plan has always been to have chickens again. It's something that Jay enjoy's during, raising and caring for small farm animals. It's kind of his hobby. Plus, we really do enjoy knowing where our eggs are coming from. And the flavor and quality of the eggs are so much better.
Shortly after moving in to our new home, Jay picked up some ducklings with the idea of starting our new little farm during the summer of 2020. From January through June, we watched the duckling grow. But just as we had started getting eggs, disaster struck. We lost our little flock to a devastating attack. We're not sure exactly what got our feathered friends, coyote, fox, raccoon...whoever it was, our ducks were gone. So was our hopes of having fresh eggs again. Well, at least for a little while.
So, why chickens, and why again?
Well, simply said, it's a hobby. But it's also therapeutic. Jay enjoys the responsibility and work that comes from caring for these little friends. It's why Jay keeps a vegetable garden. It's relaxing. Even fun. And, it give him something to do that is stress-free. And besides, who doesn't love watching something grow, or producing something that is good and beneficial? Both, the chickens and the vegetable garden grow and produce something that is good and beneficial.
But why now? Well, why not now. If we have learned anything in the last couple of years, it's that now is the time to do what you love and enjoy. And so yes, we have chickens. And yes, we're planting a small garden. Because we look forward to the work and the benefit that both offer.
Of course the benefit of having fresh eggs again is something to look forward to. It will be a couple of months before we can expect anything, but we're excited just the same!
What are you doing that helps to being joy into your life? Do you have a hobby, a project, or some other outlet that you enjoy? What is it? Share a comment below. If you are raising chickens or other small farm animals, let us know your best tips or suggestions! Are you planning a summer vegetable garden? We are too. In fact, we will be posting that content in just a couple of weeks! In the meantime, what are planning to grow this summer? Any tips? We'd love to hear them!
Till then, find something you enjoy doing, and do it!
- the higham family
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