You’ve already got your two front teeth, so this year, (think of the song in your head)….“All I want for Christ-mas is a chi-cken coop.”
You know you’ve been thinking about getting chickens, right? I mean, it’s the newest thing since going gluten free and shopping local.
(In case you are Gluten Free, there is good news. Chickens have no gluten. Chicken eggs have no gluten. As far as I know, at least. So, you will be safe to proceed with your plan to get chickens.)
(In case you Shop Local, there is also good news. The chickens will be in your back yard. Your eggs will travel 29 (plus or minus a few) feet to your door. There’s not much more local than that.)
Raising your own chickens is simple. It’s similar to raising an egg laying cat. Feed it. Give it water. Clean up after it. But, whatever you do, DON’T read all the books about it, you’ll paralyze yourself. The Animal Whisperer always asks people in his backyard chicken raising classes:
1. How many books about the subject people have read.
Then he tells them:
2. To forget about the books.
3. And to Just Do It.
Just buy or build a safe, sturdy enclosure for them, and go for it. You’ll be happy you did.
And, there are some other added LOCAL benefits to raising chickens:
1. You will get locally (ie. your back yard) produced manure for your garden and compost.
2. You will get local, no cost, mini rototillers for your yard and garden. (ie. chicken feet)
3. You will get locally produced calcium to feed the chickens to make their eggs strong. (More on that later.)
4. If you choose, you will get locally grown meat. Raised in your own back yard.
But, why think about it now??? For heaven’s sake, it’s the beginning of December! Who thinks about starting chickens now???
Okay, No one.
But, come January, you will start thinking about it. The end of January is when you can start having your 2 day old chicks delivered to you via The US Postal Service in a chirping card board box with air holes. It’s the best dose of spring time you can ever get in the smack middle of winter.
And, that’s why, if you are a build-it-yourselfer, you might want to start a coop and run in January, February or March. And, if you’re not a build-it-yourselfer, you can get a gift certificate for a custom coop built by The Animal Whisperer. He built and sold 24 last year in a 3 month period…so he’s taking orders now, and selling gift certificates if you want to surprise your loved one with the romantic gift of a Chicken Coop.
I mean, doesn’t that just say, “I Love You!”????
Forget diamonds and jewelry, around here, mucking the barn and giving me a night off milking is what says He Loves Me.
So, go local and get chickens. If you need a coop or a gift certificate, call us. Thanks, in advance, for supporting local businesses! (ie. ours.)
– The Goat Cheese Lady
P.S. Call us to buy a gift certificate or to get on pre-order list for a coop, they start at $300!