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Eggs! (Or, Are Backyard Chickens Worth It?)

17 May
carton of eggs

Fresh eggs

In May of 2009, I made the grave mistake of showing my husband an article about backyard chickening in Portland. I had either forgotten or had not yet realized how tenacious Rob is when he decides on a New Hobby, and for the next three days, in every single conversation (including email exchanges, IM exchanges and pillow talk), he included some mention of raising chickens. I about lost my mind, and I did lose my temper, and I vetoed the idea of backyard chickens, and the whole thing became a fiasco.

Fast forward two years, and all is worked out. We reached a Grand Compromise: No birds in the house, and we start with just three. Now, everyone’s happy, including our three Ladies: Gertie, Winnie and Dot.

The Ladies

Gertie, Winnie and Dot

Full names: Gertrude the Red Mix (she’s a chicken-mutt), Winnifred the Barred Rock and Dorothy the Rhode Island Red. They coo and cluck and scratch and eat our bugs and dandelions and lay us eggs.

And now we’re planning to add another three Ladies to our little flock, so it seemed like a good time to evaluate our investment. Is it worthwhile to raise a few chickens for their eggs? (Entertainment value/small-talk fodder is just a bonus.)

Challenge: Eggs

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