‘Which came first’.. the chicken or the egg? I’m sure we could get into a long scientific debate about this, but not claiming to be one I think I’ll leave that to the scientists for now. As for me I just think Chickens are fun to keep. The eggs taste great, are a great source of protein, and nothing beats walking back into the house with a warm egg cupped in my hand. I only have two chickens so a basketful of eggs is just something I dream about.
Last week I introduced you to Jess, the furry member of the family and this week i’d like you to meet Ginger and Cilla, the feathery ones. A little camera-shy I’m afraid.
My first introduction to chickens was at 13 years old when my boyfriend placed a tiny chick in my hand. Within seconds it had left me a little present, and I don’t mean an egg! It was love at first sight with both the boyfriend and the chick, although sadly the chicken keeping lasted longer.
During my teenage years, my mum kept a few Bantams. I will always remember the devastation I felt when ‘Mr Fox’ came and did his worst, but it never put me off. Even though I only have a small city garden I have managed to keep two or three hens quite happily. They have always given me a lot of fun and pleasure, and just like Jess their funny ways and antics provide plenty of daily amusement.
Sadly in a small garden its difficult to be proud of your floral display and let the chickens roam free, so my flowers when I’ve tried to grow them have generally lived a short life. Forgiving my girls for the destruction comes easier when a freshly boiled egg is on the breakfast table. What a delight!
Due to a bad back this year I have spent a lot of afternoons watching ‘Escape to the Country’. So many people are wanting to escape city life for a more rural lifestyle, and keeping chickens is often at the top of their to-do list. I’m grateful for the fact that even though I don’t live on a farm, or even in a real ‘Country Cottage’ that I can still experience the simple pleasures that country life brings, and my life is the richer for it.
Love Alison x