Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Hot Chicks


Last Saturday, I became a chicken mama. For the next few weeks I have 4 little guests in my spare bedroom, scratching, flapping, peeping, and sleeping (sleeping, and sleeping). My intention is to wean them into their outdoor coop where they will become fulltime egg laying machines!

Urban chickens have become a trend among elitist types, obsessive foodies, humane activist, Reece Witherspoon, entrepreneurs, hippies, and even the occasional hipsters. Fresh, pastured eggs are going for upwards of $8 a dozen at Farmer’s Markets across the country and more and more people are on board with the nutritional benefits of well fed chickens. Think of it like this… If I sit around and eat Fritos all day (aka chicken feed) versus my neighbor who eats salad and a few nibbles of lean protein, who at the end of the day, is going to have a better lean muscle mass? The same applies to chickens. Feed a chicken corn and soy and watch the cholesterol in their eggs skyrocket. Feed a chicken carrot tops, grass, flax seed, and the occasional garden snail and their eggs will provide a plethora of vitamins, Omega-3s, and nutraceuticals

Chickens are also most effective gardeners, scratching in the dirt, nibbling tender weeds, snapping up seeds, shitting every where, and gobbling up bugs. They are a one-man organic team of aeration, herbicide, pesticide, and fertilizer!

For a $1 each, indulge in the joys of rearing chickens in your own backyard.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

This is the cutest darn chick that I have ever seen.

Fresno Foodie said...

Her name is Babs!

Patrick George said...

What are the regulations of keeping chickens in Fresno? I really would like to do this