Seven chicks: $21.95
120 feet of one-inch hex poultry netting: $69.95
Six 8-foot 4x4's for the chicken run: $96.95
Two bags of quik-crete: $19.95
New paint for the chickenshit stained front porch: $32.95
Watching your kids find the first egg: Priceless
Chickens eat table scraps. They make eggs. And they're good listeners, for the most part.
We picked up seven chicks last spring and brought them back to the Waitsfield Ski-Barn. Six of them turned out to be hens, while the seventh (named "Olivia" by the kids) eventually came out of the coop as an Oliver.
They free-ranged for most of the summer, splitting time as traffic slowing devices and child entertainment. But after they found the neighbor's pool deck, they were returned to the Yard.
We found the first eggs this weekend. Three of them, tiny and brown. And then we ate them.
I'm hardly an off-the-grid back-to-the-earth guy like some that I know. And I can't really point fingers at other lifestyles when I know that my own has plenty of room for improvement.
But I do enjoy seeing my family enjoy a plate of food that came from somewhere that I know.