Wednesday, September 2, 2009

One More Reason I Like Having Chickens

It's been 2 months now that we've had our chickens, and all in all I really enjoy having them. Mostly because I know that we have a daily supply of fresh eggs. We've also had the opportunity to share our eggs with other people and one family even bought some of our eggs. Just like growing a garden, you learn so much about where food really comes from when you grow it or tend it yourself.

For instance, did you know that most eggs at the grocery store are over a month old before they get to you? When we eat our eggs, they are usually 1 or 2 days old. We can also control the quality of the eggs by controlling the quality of the hens' feed. And our chickens seem to be genuinely happy. This whole experience has made me think about how we feed ourselves as a society. We tend to be so out of touch with what real food is... how many of us know which fruits and vegetables are in or out of season? Just food for thought (pun intended.)

This article about factory hatcheries where the laying hens are born really made me think once again, "I'm so glad we have our own chickens." - "Video Shows Chicks Ground Alive at Hatchery"

P.S. By the way, I'm not a member of PETA. I just think we should be more aware of our food sources.


Ben, Jen and the kids said...

Thanks for sharing. They were delicious! Ben made a spinach omelett the other morning!

jennie w. said...

I didn't know you finally got some! What kind?

kimberlina said...

That's a good question. I don't know what kind of hens they are. Our bishop gave them to us when we bought a coop his sons had built. They are fully grown already and are all white. They're really beautiful actually.

Omgirl said...

I've often thought about having chickens. But after seeing what they did to Jennie's yard, I think I'll have to wait until I live on more land to try it.