Still catching y’all up on homestead happenings. How’s everyone’s summer shaping up? Hope there’s a lot of learning and fun going on at your homesteads.
Almost four weeks ago, our baby peepers, er chicks, arrived in the mail.
Black & Patridge Cochin
Golden Laced Wyandotte
They are growing up so fast and it’s always a joy to watch them turn from fluff balls to fully feathered. Guess you could say we are sort of “renegade” when it comes to raising chicks. With it being so warm and humid these past weeks, we easily weened them off the heat lamp and are already introducing greens into their diet.
Now, before you run out and get CUTE baby chicks of your own, we always advise folks to do their research first. Do you know a chicken’s lifespan or that egg production decreases after 4-5 years? Do you know which breed is best for you? Can you care for or treat a sick chicken? What happens when you go on vacation? Do you have a plan when your hen stops laying? Etc., etc.
Thanks to the growing trend, there is an “ugly” side to having chickens in the city.
This recent article (finally) touched this growing problem throughout the nation
Backyard chickens dumped at shelters when hipsters can’t cope, critics say
Despite visions of quaint coops, happy birds and cheap eggs, the growing trend of raising backyard chickens in urban settings is backfiring, critics say, as disillusioned city dwellers dump unwanted fowl on animal shelters and sanctuaries.
After NBC reported this story, the Huff Post also came out with a feature about the steady increase of abandoned chickens.
I think it’s important that folks who are advocating city chickens also educate and “warn” folks what they are getting into. Chickens are indeed fun and a great source of entertainment and food but we need to balance the pros with the cons so that potential poultry raisers know exactly what they are getting into.
What do you think?