My Frugal Friends
As well has having a frugal ride – I also have three very special frugal friends.
Their names are Fryer, Roaster and Zinger. The lady below is called Fryer and she is the boss.
We bought them as hatching eggs from Ebay – popped them into a polystyrene incubator and 3 weeks later had fluffy new arrivals.
Our house in the suburbs of Manchester has a great big back garden (though you can keep chickens in a much smaller yard without them being stressed by confinement). So we let them free range as much as possible.
The chickens love roaming the garden each day, picking out all the pests from the garden, bathing in their favourite dirt bowls, and generally running around like mad chickens. Its great watching their crazy antics, and each one has its own personality. Because they’re handled regularly they are quite happy to sit on your knee and will eat out of anyones hand.
They live outdoors in homemade chicken run, constructed out of an old sheet of ply board and some netting. It sits at the bottom end of the garden under the shade of the trees.
In exchange for a daily food and water, and all the kitchen scraps they can eat – we get 3 lovely eggs a day, nearly every day for 10 months of the year. Its only in the depths of winter that they stop laying for a few weeks.
Because our chicken are bantams (only half the size of a standard chicken) they only lay little eggs, but they taste like gourmet eggs compared to the ones you buy in the supermarket.
Little eggs, little chicks.
We love our chooks, so do all our neighbours children.
If you have the chance to do it – get some chickens – they’re great fun, lay lots of eggs for you – and if you get really fed up of them – you can eat them.