Here we go again! Now that we own a house, and spring is around the corner, and the girl has been begging for a pet for months, we’re getting back into backyard chickens.
We’ve had hamsters, a mouse, parakeets, a dove, bunnies, a cat, and we even had a dog for a week*. But the animals that have always worked best for our family have been chickens.
Our very first chickens came to us as tiny hatchlings like these (six days old today), and those particular chickens were easygoing, happy to be picked up and held and played with, PLUS they made food for us.
Our new little babies have been showered with snuggles from our kids (and us adults!) all weekend long, and we’ll continue to be sure they get lots of interaction with our family so they can hopefully grow up to be enjoyable pets**.
Pets with benefits!
*Sad story of an otherwise sweet dog being overly aggressive towards other dogs and dominating over our youngest child, and me being unwilling to do the training it would take to work with her, and realizing that any dog needs more attention and work – and, yes, money – than I am willing to give. I learned my lesson, and will remain firm no matter how much my daughter begs (pleads, cries, rages . . .) again.
**We are well aware that one or both of these chicks may turn out to be roosters, which we did experience before, as discussed in this previous post. I don’t think we would go the butchering route again if this happens. What will we do if we can’t rehome then? Not sure. Stay tuned . . .