This blog chronicles the importance of and efforts to return to Mother Earth in spirit and in body. This journey is not one of primitivism or reenactment of an earlier age. It's hope is to inspire me to find the middle ground between necessities of the 21st Century, the need to find a simpler way of life, and our ethical responsibility to protect the land and preserve our natural resources.

Friday, August 14, 2009

The trouble with chickens

Pet chickens? They are more easily trained than a cat, have a lot more personality than Pekingese, and many home-grown birds are quite affectionate, seeking out their human owners for a sign of attention or a back rub. Many people keep chickens just because they’re beautiful, as pretty as some of the rare, exotic birds snatched directly from South American jungles. And they seem the long-shot favorite on the homestead.

In this modern world, the more verifiably useless an animal is, the better chance it has of being accepted widely as a pet, dogs never seem to enjoy much popularity until the American Kennel Club manages to turn them into neurotic living room ornaments (working dogs accepted, of course). House cats have no responsibilities in the family. It’s socially acceptable to watch a bored turtle making desperate circles in a glass bowl for its entire existence. It’s OK to have a squawking pair of parakeets that have no purpose but to scatter seed all over the floor.

No, the real trouble with chickens as pets is that they are made out of meat.


Anonymous borgwoman said...

About ten years ago, we had talked about maybe raising some chickens and having fresh eggs. We read some books about it and then thought maybe ducks would be more fun. The ducks that one would buy for egg laying (rather than meat) are called runner ducks. They are tall and skinny and just odd looking. Picture a dog walking on only two legs. Of course ducks only walk on two legs anyway, but these ducks look different somehow, they stand up straighter or something. Anyway, one of them is the Blue Runner Duck, which is almost black. It is supposed to lay 200-250 eggs a year.
And it looks just like Daffy Duck.

Anyway, I had never tried duck eggs before, so I wasn't sure I wanted to get a flock of ducks before I tried some. I never did try duck eggs. The only time I'd ever find any, we'd be out in the middle of nowhere and they would have spoiled before we got home with them.

Anyway, you might think about some ducks. And while you're thinking about chickens, you might look at the little ones that lay the blue and green eggs. They're cool too.

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