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OTF Chapter 002 - Chicken MathOTF Chapter 002 - Chicken Math by Ebonsong
(I'm tired & decided to write a silly story at 5am. It may or many not be entirely accurate, but it is humorous. So that's got to count for something. Please enjoy. )
I'll tell you straight. You can never just have "A couple chickens". Or at least, not for long. Ask any chicken keeper who is worth their weight in scratch & they might sheepishly admit to 'accidentally' taking on a few more (or many) chickens in the past than they could handle. Or ones they never needed anyways.
There's a reason chicken folks talk of the 'dreaded' (or lovely, depending on who you ask) Chicken Math™ with a bit of humor. Because we've all been through it. Sometimes multiple times - possibly still dealing with it. It usually starts with a 'legit' reason like setting up a "Special Breeding Program", other times it comes in the guise of "Rescuing" random birds. Usually both reasons.
But I know the real reason. And it's this very same reason which will turn a $70 "S
OTF Chapter 001 - How It All StartedOTF Chapter 001 - How It All Started by Ebonsong
I can remember one of the first moments I got to see a real live baby chicken. I was living at my grandmother's with my family during a troubled time. I was around 7 years old when my mother brought home a cheeping box.
I knew what a chicken was, eggs & all that. But seeing a baby chicken in person was so neat. It was a little yellow fluffball cheeping & pooping everywhere. And now suddenly it was my responsibility to care for one. Which I thought was awesome.
My mother was 'one of those' parents who'd purchase "throw-away" chicks for the holidays. Luckily she had a cousin with a farm, so I could play with the chicks for a couple weeks & then they'd go off to live the rest of their lives as tame layer hens.
Unfortunately my mom thought the only thing the chicks needed was water & food. She had no clue they needed warmth too. Or anything else for that matter. So some chicks she'd buy would die on the long way home - which she'd hide & never tell any of the kids. But
OTF - On The Farm - Chapter 000 [Introduction]OTF - On The Farm - Chapter 000 [Introduction] by Ebonsong
So I've officially decided on a name, "On The Farm" super creative, eh! I decided to keep it simple for newcomers to the series. I really loved all your suggestions, though. So thank you for them & giving me some smiles.
Welcome to my farm!
"On The Farm" is a series of stories about my adventures on my little plot of farmland. I consider myself an artisan farmer, which is a fancy way of saying I'm going back to our humble farming roots when humanity is pushing forward to technology & mass production. The series is built like a public diary, sharing with you my triumphs, struggles, insights & ideas for the farm as time passes.
Each story will be different depending on the challenges of this lifestyle. The style of writing will change, from novella to point-form to whatever else suits the story. There'll be some humor, as well as some sad moments. The series is certainly not for the faint of heart, and I'll have warnings (likely mature settings) for
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I live as an artisan farmer. My focus is towards a cold-climate permaculture. Zones 3-5. I like to believe for modern times that Nature is there to save money, not earn it. Grown well, we can give more than we take.
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