marrying me. In fact, it is interesting
the amount of change that has happened in my thinking since we first started
dating…13 years ago…wow that is a long time.
When we met I was pretty much a normal American, buy whatever at the
grocery store, go out to eat all the time, make as many trips to the mall as
humanly possible (I did go to college right next to a wonderful mall), yes,
very much a consumer. And then I studied
economics in college and realized I was helping “the economy.” I was a good person J
on the latest gadgets. I am trying much
harder to be healthy. I have learned
more than I ever thought possible over the past several years regarding
food. What the current food system is
like, all the problems with the meat production in our country, the pesticides
used. I tell my sister-in-law frequently
that I am destined to eat nothing at all, because everything is bad for you.
I realized that I couldn’t feed her a lot of the foods that I had eaten all my
life. I wasn’t completely comfortable
with her having dairy due to the growth hormones. I didn’t want her to eat CAFO meat, because
of the conditions the animals are raised in, and what they are fed. I definitely didn’t want her to eat any
vegetables that came out of Mexico, and then nothing that wasn’t organic and
local to us.
tastes. I would roast an organic chicken
that was raised 15 miles from my house, she didn’t like it. I would buy excellent quality steak from a
farmer at the farmers’ market; she had no desire to even try it. I would make her eggs and she would gobble
them up. Clearly I have a vegetarian in
the making. I couldn’t understand why
she didn’t want to eat steak, I love it.
Nope, all she wanted was eggs.
her eat as many as she liked. She can
easily eat 4 hard-boiled eggs in one sitting.
And 4 dozen would be easy with a husband who works from home, a stay at
home mama, and a 17 month old who will eat your fingers if you aren’t careful
when passing food to him J What is a person to do? Free range eggs are expensive. We pay $5/dozen for organic free range eggs
from the farm…and with the amount of money I have in the budget for groceries,
4 dozen eggs a week is not realistic.
and I think that would be perfect for us, and if we need more eggs, we can get
6 more hens and put them at my mom’s house down the street…I’m sure she won’t
that my husband wants to deal with said chickens. I am trying to compromise by telling him we
can buy pullets, hens that are ready to start laying, instead of starting from
chicks. A little less up front cost
because we wouldn’t need to deal with the baby chicks. Now, all I actually need him to do (in all of
his spare time) is to build a chicken coop/run for the chickens. I already have a place for them to go, I just
need an enclosure for them. I have told
him that I will take care of the chickens, and he won’t have to worry about it
at all. All he has to do is build the
structure. I don’t even care if it is a
pretty structure, just something that will keep them safe from predators.
anyone has anything to add, I would love to hear it J Mainly I would love to hear how
fun/easy/enjoyable chickens are, and that they would be a good learning
experience for my kiddos…not to mention the health benefits of getting eggs
from our own yard! But, if you have had
a bad experience with chickens, I would love to hear that as well!
Linking up at the awesome barn hop today!