A chicken in every pot and a car in every garage
It’s hard to believe a Presidential candidate actually promised that to everyone if he was elected. I don’t want a chicken in every pot, just one in mine. We have a family joke in that I want an automatic garage door opener. (We don’t own a garage or even a car port.)
If and when times get tough I do want a lot of chickens and eggs to eat myself and to share with family, friends and neighbors who can’t afford them. I’ll let it be known now, my chickens will not be unionized, they will not be granted collective bargaining nor will they be allowed to vote on the matter.
My wife asked me to look up chicken recipes. I told her we had a ton of cookbooks with chicken recipes. Well stupid I was supposed to understand she meant recipes the chickens would like to eat!
Last week in one of Julie’s articles I discovered that hens are lazy. I have to play midwife and nanny to their kids.
OK, for the past week I’ve not done much. Hey it rained several days and the one good day we had we had to trim some of the bushes in the yard and start getting our garden ready for planting.
The total for all that came to around $180 at Lowes.
We did run into one problem this past week. It seems our property covenants forbid putting farm animals on the property but that was solved when I visited 6 out of the 7 members and obtained permission to build the coop. We are located in the country but on the edge of a very small development. In fact we didn’t even know we where part of the development till 2009, that’s after we had lived here for 10 years. Two of our neighbors didn’t even know anything about land covenants.
In the picture above, if you look closely you will see three piles of dirt in the kudzu. Each pile is about 15-20 feet apart and they are the home of Red Foxes. Judging by the pile of bones outside each den we see they love fowl and small animals. After talking with a neighbor who has chickens down the street (not part of our development), he has had two chickens disappear but doesn’t believe it was the foxes who did it. ???
Anyway that means I have to at least bury the chicken wire at least a foot underground and I plan on two feet. I do have a gas powered augur that should make that a little easier than digging a two foot trench around the whole thing.
Last year we put in a Koi pond in the front yard and I’ll share a little with that you next time.
Dan Shaw is a budding southern farmer who wonders where the phrase “chicken farmer” came from since it has nothing to do with planting and cultivating. www.piedmontwebmasterservices.com