This time next week you will have to endure countless numbers of baby pictures that I will be posting. You guys thought I was bad when I had 12 chickens, wait till next week and I have 24! LOL
Hoping there is a “Baby” in the bunch, but I am sure they will all have their own special qualities. So for the new friends who may not know me real well yet….
March 8 will be the beginning of my third year as a chicken owner. And while I am by no means an expert, I do like to share lots of stuff about my feather babies.
Here at Itzy Bitzy Farm, we do not care how many eggs one lays and lack of production does not = a place on the dinner table. We do not eat friends! Though we also do not judge those who believe in thinning their flock by allowing the older girls to serve another purpose.
If you are an old hen and not laying many eggs, we keep you around for the Hug factor. I spoil my Girls, and they have their very own raised bed gardens for leafy greens and berries. I have finally gotten to the point of not crying and running in place when I see a boo-boo like a pecked comb. I calmly carry the patient to the first aid station, grab the raisins for a sedative and apply medicine. It took me about four months to get to this point and a couple of frantic phone calls to a friend with much more experience than I. I have not had a flock since December, I am having serious withdrawals and keep a feather in my purse from one of my girls that I had to re-home due to our move to NC in December. Next Saturday, I will be back on the path of Fluffy Butt Bliss and all will be well.
This is Baby, one of the sweetest Girls you would have ever met. She was in my very first flock and I lost her to illness brought on by ingesting a poisonous plant or mushroom while free ranging. I now only allow secured free ranging. Baby turned me into a forever chicken loving Mom. Saturday can’t come soon enough for me.