As the sun rose and began lighting the backyard, I optimistically walked out to the chicken coop, for what seemed like the one-hundredth time. I’ve been following the same pattern for weeks as I wake up and head to the backyard, checking for the first egg. They said it would take six months. That was six months of learning to raise 13 day-old chicks, building a 48 square foot insulated coop (complete with metal roof) and making sure they had feed and water. But this morning, as I unlatched and lifted the lid on the nesting box, there it laid in the hay, still warm—the $1000 egg.
Sure, it’s costly and a lot of hard work to build a chicken house, but once you have it—you’ll always have it and the chickens aren’t all that costly to keep. Now, two weeks in and a couple dozen eggs later, I can say it’s a great feeling to produce eggs just steps from your backdoor. Of course the eggs taste great—that’s a given—but it’s simply fun to watch the birds scratch away at the lawn in search of food and listen to them cluck away. It’s relaxing, reminds me I’m here in the country and that I’ve built my own little backyard escape from the day-to-day. The gardens and the chickens are a great way to enjoy the outdoors for me and that’s the most important take away—find something you love to do outside, get fresh air and it will set your soul free.