Originally Posted by annie82005
everyone raises chickens for their own reasons. The reason I say this is because Bruce really got me thinking. A lot of people where I work actually call me the crazy chicken lady although I only have a small backyard flock of 11. I have come to realize that a lot of people have a huge disconnect of where their food comes from. We eat mostly venison that we process ourselves. I got chickens just to have fresh eggs from chickens that aren't pumped full of hormones or live in those horrible conditions that they do. A lot of people need to realize what is really happening to these animals and it's not just chickens. I guess what it really boils down to it its the out of sight out of mind thinking. I would sooner raise and process my own food then to support big business and the cruelty of animals. some people laugh when I say that I would love to save all of the animals in the world. Reality is I can't, but I can work to give my animals the best quality of life I can. Call me crazy but thats how I feel.
Originally Posted by missydcpc
I totally get this. I got my chickens because years ago, I read about how chickens could help you in your garden. I immediately wanted chickens, funny...I don't even have a garden now...But the thought stuck. When I talked to DH about it, step-daughter and her 5 children were living with us That meant 8 mouths to feed. We went through 2-3 dozen eggs per week...easily. The more I researched, the more I realized that this would help us with our more natural/healthy eating life that we were trying to teach the kids.
2 funny stories about people's disconnect with food.
My sister was getting married, and her husband is lactose intolerant. So she was calling the bakery that the wedding location uses to ensure that they could do a DAIRY FREE cake. The woman on the other end told her she didn't think that was possible, as all cakes require eggs.....ummm....yeah. My sister's response was "As long as you can find chicken eggs and not cow eggs, it'll be ok" She then called the wedding location and told them she'd be using a different bakery.
My mom and I were discussing raw milk. DH and I have gone to using raw milk, and my mother had apparently never even heard of it. As I explained the difference between my milk and hers...I could literally hear her disconnecting. I finally laughed and said "you believe the milk magically appears in the store behind the cooler section, don't you?" Yup. Love my mom...but she doesn't want to think about where her food comes from.
There are a lot of us who have gone through this same thought process in our journey into chicken keeping. It starts with the desire to have healthier eggs, then it is 'what to do with the extra birds/roos?' situation, then the desire to raise some for your own meat instead of getting it at a store... Basically if we weren't raised around it we tend to have quite the mental journey finding our way back to a more 'home farming' oriented approach to food.
Many of these experiences and opinions are spoken of in the thread Sally started a couple of months ago... her 'processing day support' thread really seemed to help folks who were deciding what they wanted to do or wanted to try. It is certainly worth the time to read through much of it if you are debating how to handle extra roos or raising meat for yourself. The link is in her signature I think.
got the link... it is in her signature
Edited by fisherlady - 6/20/13 at 6:07am