True story: We are now the proud owners of chickens. Eight of them to be exact. Yes, eight. Just call me Farmer Julia. Well... truth be told, it's really Lance that is the farmer here. I'm just here for moral support... and the scrambled eggs:)
But sure enough, these gals are starting to grow on me.
A few things to note in case you don't know much about chickens (I certainly didn't)... All eight of our chickens are little ladies... no roosters at this party. We got them for eggs... not chicken legs.
Probably the number one question that we've been asked is, "Aren't they loud?" or "Don't your neighbors mind?" And the answer is no, and no. Surprisingly the chickens barely make a peep. They do a little bit of soft chirping, but you can hardly hear it. On a rare occasion one of them might let out a little squawk... but even that is pretty quiet. From what I understand, it's the roosters that are typically the noisy ones, and since we have all girls, noise just hasn't been an issue. And as for my neighbors... they love them. Both of our next door neighbors have been over numerous times to see the chickens and everyone's excited about the eggs.
Which is probably the number two question... "When do they start laying eggs?" Typically a hen will start laying her eggs around 20 weeks. Our chickens are about 11-12 weeks old right now... so we should start seeing some eggs in about 2 more months... and after that we'll have eggs coming out of our ears.
So, what does Little Cat think about his new sisters??
What about you? Do you know anyone that has backyard chickens? Have you thought about it yourself? Stay tuned for more tales of urban farming...