Farmer Kat…

… or things I kill on any given day.

I’ve decided that since I finally have enough land, I was going to start farming. “Farming” in the urbanized definition being a couple of raised garden beds and maybe some chickens. Ok. I’m totally sold on the idea of having chickens. Just look at this cute coop!

That’s a legitimate reason to have livestock right? Because of the cute accessories? Sure. I mean look at it. It’s in Tarheel Blue!

I’m even going to Raleigh’s Tour d’Coop this year so I can meet other obsessed chicken owners who will understand the desire to eat the same type of eggs that were James Bond’s favorite – the chocolate brown eggs of the Maran chicken of course.

What I really need is a goat to eat the Kudzu. What accessories does a goat come with?

Aren’t my window boxes lovely, bursting forth with fragrant pink and purple flowers called something or another.

My raised bed is patiently awaiting the arrival of lettuce, spinach and broccoli starts to be planted this weekend. The sweet candy onions are already sprouting nicely. I have several large containers that will house some herbs and peas, and the bulbs of tulips and lilies should be springing up any day now.

But it’s the chickens I’m super obsessed about now. Must. Have. Chickens.



About Katrina Fernandez

Mackerel Snapping Papist

  • Cari@Clan-Donaldson

    I’ve found chickens to be like the tattoos I got in college:  you quickly become addicted and can’t get just one.

    Of course, since the tattoos never provided me with eggs, I feel like I’m making progress toward a healthier lifestyle with the chickens….

  • Katie O’Keefe

    The chickens will eat your raised beds unless you screen them off (or keep the chickens penned in).  We had three chickens and a duck at one point.  Best. Pets. Ever.  I loved them.  The duck was a hoot.  HER name was MR. Smith (don’t ask).  But we had to give our poultry away when we moved from our house with a yard to a little half double.  Good luck!!  
    Goats, by the way, can be trained to pull carts and come with all those accessories: a pull cart and the tack, etc.  Definitely worth it if you want to train them (or find a pair that have already been trained), because they will pull you in a cart where ever you’d like to go and that’s a fun thing.  However, goats like to climb.  My parents’ goat used to climb on top of my mother’s car and sleep there.  She’d also climbed onto the front picture window sill on the outside of the house.  And they eat EVERYTHING.  there’s really no tethering them.

  • Anonymous

    Will Farmer Kat be wearing a denim jumper? (ducks head)

    • Akosmowski

      I thought the exact same thing!   Where is Vincenzo when you need him?!

  • Linda Hutchinson

    Chickens are great, one huge piece of advise with farm animals, if you plan to raise them for food, don’t name the at all, otherwise you’ll not be able to slaughter them. Now about the goats, unless you plan on breeding, do not buy a “billy”, the smell something terrible!
     Also plan on putting in some sturdy fencing around your yard, and around anything you don’t want it, or them to eat.
    One last thing, double check your zoning laws, make sure you don’t run afoul of them concerning what animals, and in what number you can keep where you live now. Some urban/suburban communities get very anal about these things. If all goes well, let me know when you get to many eggs, it can happen pretty quick depend on which breed of hens you buy, I’ll be happy to buy some of your surplus.

  • MamaBear6

    Chickens are terrific!  In my fourth year as  “chicken raiser” and still not bored yet.  Chicks are adorable, hens are sweet, and the eggs are killer good.  Steer clear of roosters, though, unless you don’t care about a good night’s sleep.

  • LFK

    We have chickens.  Generally a good thing, but now definitely more of a chore than a delight.  I think it depends on how busy you are otherwise.  Highly recommend for info and a place to ask your questions.  Also get “Raising Chickens” by Gail Damerow; it’s like the Bible.  Unless you want to sell your eggs, which may come with a host of regulations in your state, don’t get more chickens than what times 5 you will eat in a week.  For example  if you eat 4 eggs everyday, 4×7 is 28 eggs per week.  Divide this by 5, and you need 5-6 chickens.  (They don’t always lay everyday; eggs laid per week is partially breed dependent, so consider this when picking out the breed you want.)  God bless, and good luck!