While I was finishing up my chick order for this year, I wondered if raising chickens now falls under the category of gardening.
It seems like gardeners have adopted chickens as the next logical, evolutionary step in gardening. Just a couple of years ago, a couple of chickens in the backyard would have been a novelty. Now, no one gives them a second thought.
There’s a reason why decades ago chickens got the nickname “yard-birds”. It’s because they seem to fit right in strolling around the garden and yard. The popularity of yard hens seems to wax and wane over time.
I ordered 25 laying chicks this year which will bring our total flock size to nearly 100. Some of our older hens that are not laying well will be removed from the flock as the new chicks begin to mature.
This is our sixth year of keeping laying hens. I guess it is about time to include them in our discussions about gardening.