Raising chickens in your backyard was trendy a few years back, and it seems to have become more and more mainstream. I am surprised by the number of my friends in Georgia who are regularly discussing their chickens online.
There are whole discussions on Facebook about chicken health, chicken vets, chicken coops, chicken feed and chicken illnesses. Moms are asking advice about their chicken’s health just like they do about their own kid’s health. They are looking for recommendations for doctors, the best feed and the best preschools. (OK I made that last part up about the preschools but they are asking lots of advice.)
And there are lots and lots of chicken photos. I actually enjoy seeing the chickens and reading about the ups and downs of raising chickens. If I had the space in my backyard, I would be interested in raising chickens. I would love the fresh eggs. I would love for my kids to have that experience of feeding and caring for the chickens. (My dad’s family use to raise chickens in Savannah and sell the eggs to neighbors.)
My kids loved to visit our first friend that got chickens several years ago. They loved holding the chicks and loved it when the bigger chickens would chase their buddy around the yard. The big sister would pick the chickens up and could identify them all. I swear she’s going to be a vet.
Are my friends just particularly farm-oriented or are you guys seeing and hearing about as many backyard chickens as I am?
Are you raising chickens? Do you talk about them on Facebook or show photos of them on Facebook?