"Egg recall tied to salmonella grows to 380 million"
Kind of a scary headline to read when more than 217,424,000 eggs are consumed a day in America. On average, each person eats approximately 256 eggs a year. When you break that down that's 21 dozen eggs a year per person...and that's not even counting the number of eggs used in baking or other foods we eat. With the price of nearly $3 a dozen...that can add up for a family of five. So...what if you raised your own eggs? Seem too hard? Not really... You actually might have more problems with a neighborhood association prohibiting it than actually doing it.
If by chance you have a chicken friendly neighborhood...or better yet...live in a small town or on a small acreage...you might just give raising laying hens a try. Coops can be easily built with 2 X 4's and chicken wire or purchased already built. I seem to always find them on Craigslist in the farm and garden section. Feed is inexpensive...and most chickens will take care of any bug problems you may have in your yard.
You can start your chicken family with chicks...or buy your hens nearly ready to lay. Either way...a rooster is not necessary for the chickens to lay eggs. Caring for the chickens require clean cages and nests and keeping their water fresh and feeders full. Many varieties of chickens are docile in nature and can be easily trained to come in at nite after a long day of chasing bugs in your yard. All in all...for the reward of fresh eggs each morning...it's worth the effort. (Btw...a healthy chicken will lay an egg a day. So...unless you need a dozen eggs a day...a couple of hens will do the trick).
If you would like more details on how to take chicks to hen-dom...you can certainly "google" it...or you can check my blog archives for pieces I have written about my chicken's progress as I raise them. Feel free to write with questions and I will do my best to answer.
Raising your own chickens is just one of the many wonderful parts of living the rural lifestyle. If you have been thinking about finding a place of your own in the country or one of the many fine small towns outside of San Antonio...I can help. I love living the rural lifestyle and it would be my pleasure to help you live it too!