Four chickens, to be exact. As you may recall, our coop was smaller than expected, so Husband constructed a “chicken run” to give our birds a little more free range.
Backing up a bit, we planned to buy our chickens from the same store we bought the other supplies. Only those chickens were $20 each. I was like, uh, no. That price is fowl. (Thank you. I’ll show myself out.)
A quick craigslist search found me chickens nearby for $7 each. I called up the owner to confirm the price and that they were old enough to tell the hens from the roosters. I hung up with a triumphant smile.
Hubs was less confident.
“The store gives a 90% hen guarantee. Plus, they let you trade in if you accidentally get a rooster. How do we know this guy’s honest?”
“Hmm. I just wouldn’t think that people who keep chickens would be shysters.”
Who can argue with that logic, right?
So Hubs relented. We drove to the Chicken Man’s house and were greeted by a beautiful flower-filled yard. The kind owner spent ten minutes giving us a tour. He explained what the flowers were and gave us two hand fulls of seeds from my favorite of the flowers, hollyhock, with instructions on how to plant them.
These suckers were taller than his roof and oh-so-gorgeous.
We made it to his giant coop area, greeted the ducks, admired all the chickens, picked out the four we’d like, and then, because the kids were with us, he removed a wood panel and showed us where the ducklings were hiding–about two dozen cheeping balls of fluff.
Oh my goodness. Cuteness overload.
He let each of the girls hold one, including me because I held my hand out too. 🙂
He walked us to our van with a fond farewell and told us to email anytime with questions.
As we drove off, Hubs said, “You were right. Chicken people are good people.”
I texted my mom the news that the chickens had arrived.
“Are you sure they’re all hens?” she asked.
“Not 100%, but pretty sure.”
“When they start borrowing your mascara and nylons, you’ll know.”
Are any of you chicken owners, or would like to be? What’s your favorite flower?