So I just finished up a bad bout with the cold/flu/overall crappy feeling. Yes, that's how I spent my Valentine's Day, curled up with a wad of tissue paper and a few dozen cough drops. Luckily, I had a great book to help me pass the time; Made From Scratch: Discovering the Pleasures of a Handmade Life by Jenna Woginrich. In this fantastic book, Jenna dives headfirst into the ancient art of homesteading. From raising chickens to baking bread to sewing her own clothes, this lady tries it all! I was beyond inspired.
Now, I have been contemplating raising chickens for some time now. I am so fascinated by the idea of pets that can help put food on the table. Luckily our new house comes with a big backyard (see above picture). Not a farmyard, per say, but close enough. I am planning a huge organic veggie and herb garden, but now, I think I might be motivated to put some chicken coups back there too. So I ask you...has anyone out there tried raising chickens in their backyard? Was it tough? Did you think it was worth the effort?
Supposedly, urban chicken farming is the new 'it' thing according to this Newsweek article...but I don't know. I am still a bit scared!