Keeping Up with the Grubers: Chickens 1 Year later
So it has been almost a year since I first posted (in “Keeping Up with the Gruber’s“) about our foray into raising chickens. At that point we had just brought six two week old chicks home and the coop was under construction. The family was enthralled with seeing how quickly the chicks were growing and I was happy with my new construction project. We really didn’t have a clue at that point how rewarding the whole experience would become.
Unfortunately during this period of time our beloved Labrador Milo passed away. Although we were given some notice and tried to prepare as best we could it still hit our family like a ton of bricks. What has unexpectedly happened since is how much our chickens have filled the void. Bawk Obama, Oreo, Blue, Yolko Ono, Betsy, and Fluffy (or the “girls” as my wife calls them) have quickly become part of our family and not just suppliers of our eggs. They run to us when we open the back door, fall asleep in our arms, and lay peacefully with us on the hammock. We have also begun to give chicken inspired gifts to each other and have collected an assortment of housewares with chicken motifs.
Yes … we are the crazy chicken family of our neighborhood. However, as long as we keep supplying eggs to our neighbors they don’t seem to mind. Oh, and the eggs are tasty…better than any store bought we have ever had.
Brian Fletcher, President