10 Life Lessons Learned From Chickens

January 12, 2014

Connie, of Urban Overalls is a regular contributor to What’s Hatcing and we look forward to what she has to share with all of us. Are you considering raising chickens, Connie has been raising them for quite sometime and she would be a great resource for the novice chicken farmer. Follow urban Overalls on Facebook to stay up to date with what’s going on in her coop on a day to day basis.

As someone who grew up with chickens (my parents raised them for both meat and eggs), chicken chores fell on my shoulders.  Sure, while my friends were watching TV or riding their bikes, I was cleaning out nest boxes, gathering eggs, and carrying buckets of feed to refill the feeders.  After a hiatus of not having chickens while in college or even when I was working at my first job after college, I was ready to have a flock.

chicken run

Even though there is work involved, I still love hens.  They provide fresh eggs, entertain me with their antics, and they help control the insect population in the backyard.  By looking at them as individuals from one season to the next,  I truly saw how they lived their lives.  And you know what?  A lot of what I learned can be applied to my daily living.

10 Things I have Learned from my Flock

  1. Get out and enjoy the outdoors on nice days.  Snow, cold, and rain may limit outdoor adventures.
  2. Eat your vegetables when they are in season.  Nothing tastes better than when they are at the peak of ripeness (or when you snitch them out of the garden when you think no one is looking).
  3. Don’t be afraid to wander away from the flock.  (You just may find the biggest grubs by yourself).
  4. Even if you can’t fly, don’t be afraid to stretch your wings. You just may get off the ground after all.
  5. Hold your ground.  Stake your claim in your favorite nest box and don’t leave until your ready regardless of how many others try to force you out.

Continue here to round out the 10 things…….

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