Monday, November 22, 2010
Hens and chickens, chickens and hens
Of course with the weather still mild these birds love to escape their house and head out for greener pastures in the case of this picture they also went knocking on the side door.
Hens and chickens thrive on the bugs and bits and pieces they find around the farm, especially in the vegetable and flower gardens. Which is why the four newcomers are now with my friend. Their former owner got very tired of finding her favourite blooms in tatters, or the garden all scratched up.
My friend does a lot of flower gardening in pots - and the vegetable garden, which is extensive. has been plowed up for the winter - so if the chickens want to peck away there, they're most welcome.
Chickens - hmmm - some people in the city of Toronto have been lobbying to keep them in their backyards once again. When Toronto was a small town, or even a small city, many people kept a couple of chickens in the backyard - fresh eggs on demand. But with concerns about noise, their waste and all the rest, it became illegal.
Some people are quietly going back to the old ways and providing their households with fresh eggs every day, but not telling anyone about it. It's only the roosters that give them away after all, and roosters aren't good for making eggs, just more chickens. So I doubt the bylaw officers will find any roosters in backyard coops.
When North America was first settled, people needed chickens in their back yards...and now with so many additives to everything we eat, many folks are returning to those days - at least by growing their own vegetables and keeping chicks. Interesting how things come full circle isn't it?