Do I consider my backyard chickens pets or livestock?

Do I consider my backyard chickens pets or more like livestock? Does the worry I have about them getting too cold in the winter make me want to knit them one of these sweaters? Or am I so attached that I might feel like taking them for a walk in the park with one of these? Some friends and family have sent me links to these types of things since I started raising chickens. I’m honestly surprised I haven’t been gifted one yet, in jest of course. It would make a great gag gift for a backyard flock keeper, but if you ever see me trying to walk one of my chickens down the street with a sweater on, feel free to … Read more…

Adventures In Urban Homesteading

So I’m calling it “the farm”, in quotations, because that’s what my daughter has dubbed it ever since we got these sweet peeps back in February. OK, not so much peeps anymore, but still sweet. Right now it’s just a modest barn with enough room for some chickens and a few acres of uncultivated land for my garden. Our own little urban homestead. My husband and I bought this foreclosed property about two years ago and we’ve been working on it non-stop since. It’s a work in progress, a lot of work in a state of never-ending progress. But having this land is so worth it for my family, for our health, not only physically but also mentally. For my … Read more…

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