Our ladies are some seriously lucky birds.
Or we are some seriously lucky backyard birders.
Since our plan to start a flock was hatched last spring, I have frequently snooped around the net on other blogs, message boards, and online communities, attempting to learn as much as possible about these birds.
It's amazing this research didn't turn me off from the whole project. Nearly every account started with, "chickens make great pets due to easy maintenance, egg production, and loads of personality; but...." At that point, the author would detail the latest horror story in her flock, from predators to parasites, from strange ailments to problems with laying hens that might require an OB/GYN specialty to repair... Eek!
The effect was frightening, but so goes internet research, right?
Our ladies have made it through the grand experiment of winter with no ill effects. They are all fluffy, healthy, and delighting neighborhood children with their comical laps around the chicken run, persistent begging, and constant, clucky chatter.
Yep, we have one lucky flock!
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