Raising chickens is a growing trend across the country. They are popping up in barnyards, backyards, and urban homesteads. From retirees to hipsters, people are jumping on the chicken bandwagon. We tell ourselves that we want to know where our food comes from, bringing us closer to the source. Or perhaps we want to explore our ancestral roots or developing homesteading skills?
Once you bring home those cute balls of fluff, you want to learn what you can. Sure, you can go online and read through chicken forums. Maybe you will subscribe to various poultry magazines for the articles? What about joining a chicken club? Or perhaps you chat up friends or neighbors who keep chickens? There is a mountain of information out there. Soon you will find yourself wanting to share your new-found knowledge with others. But there maybe a few things you aren’t willing to admit.
5 Thing You Shouldn’t Admit After Buying Chickens
- You have a favorite livestock/feed store. Yes, after getting chickens you will spend lots of time there. Maybe it begins with just a few basic questions about chick starter or layer mash, but then you progress to benefits of various types of bedding. In fact, you will become a regular and frequent customer to the point that you will be on a first name basis with the guy behind the counter.
- Raising chickens is addicting. Over time, the size of your flock increases. Perhaps you can’t help yourself when stopping by the livestock/feed stores in February or March. You hear the peeping coming from the brooders and so you tell yourself that you are just going to take a quick peek at the chicks. Next thing you know, your spouse is asking you if the flock is bigger?
- You will take pictures of your chickens and share them online. While friends and family send you photos of the kids, you’re the one who has a selfie with your favorite hen or newest member of the flock.
- You will spend more on organic feed and chicken treats than you do on fresh produce for your family. You start off telling yourself it’s because you are doing it for the eggs. But after a while, you drop the facade because you just like spoiling them (your chickens, not your family).
- Your chickens are your pets. Sure, you initially tell yourself they are animals, but soon you have given them cute names. This is then followed by allowing one (or more) into the house and watching them explore. From there it is just a matter of time before you have a ‘lap chicken’ who waits patiently for some cuddle time.
Chickens are a growing trend. We learn what we can and share that information with others. But maybe there are a few things that we should just keep to ourselves.