We did it. We got 'em. We are now the owners of a fabulous flock 'o chickens!
We went out to the chicken farm in Hamilton and spent an hour and half chasing around chickens like a bunch of city slickers. Eliza toted the "Pocketful of Poultry" book around like a true chicken tourist:
From left to right here:
Bonnie, our Red Sex Link (as in Bonnie & Clyde - because she's an escape artist)
Elena, one of our Buff Orpingtons
Yasmina, our Ameraucana cross
We are totally wacko in love with them. There are quite a few more, but no pictures of the whole flock yet. I'll share as we go along.
Anyway, the other day, I decided to go out there with a bundle of chicken colored art supplies and start sketching those chickens. (Watch for it in my next fabric collection - I can't believe I'm doing chickens, but they're so cool! )
Anyhoo - chicken colored art supplies: (these are Faber-Castell Pitt Pens and a Fabriano Artist Journal)
I was sketching away and then, thunk:
OH sweet bird. Dustin said the same thing - she's so serene.. you should name her Serena. And then of course I thought of Serena and knew that I had my own little farm chick right here.
Isn't she gorgeous? She loves everyone around here, and we love her so much that I went back and nabbed her full grown (possilby?) sister, who just this morning gave us our very first gorgeous blue egg.
We are also gathering a few pinkish brown eggs, which are fantastic:
Firstly, our desire to be more self sustaining, and give our chickens the happiest life possible, while patting them on the head and thanking them for their gorgeous eggs makes us happy. I feel that if you make the choice to consume animal products (and we do) it should be done with respect. When we eat chicken now, our children already look at it completely differently. They understand that an animal had to give its life for them to eat that meal. And while we aren't raising hens or pigs or other animals for meat, eventually we want to, and this is a perfect first step for us.
And also - we want our kids to work. Plain and simple. But also for them to know that the work that sustains us can be fun. And beautiful. And tasty. Yep.