I don't know exactly how it became a topic in our house, and I think my husband may have actually been the one to bring it up, but all of a sudden we're talking about the possibility of raising chickens. We've had friends with chickens, and we got to take the kids out to a friend's house the other week so that we could learn a little more from their experience. The kids had a blast trying to catch and hold them (and I did too), and we asked every question we could think of--how often do they lay, what kind of scraps can you feed them, how to clean up after them, etc., etc.
I've tried to keep Chris' interest peeked by checking out books on coop designs from the library (give him something to build and it's pretty much a done deal). We still have plans to make--how many hens we'll keep, fixing up our fences and backyard, and actually building a coop, but I think it's gonna happen. And the kids have been longing for some sort of pet (the backyard bugs and the fish that died haven't been cutting it). And we love the idea of being able to enjoy fresh eggs, so I think a "pet" that gives back would be pretty ideal for us.
Any tips from you experienced chicken raisers out there? Do the rest of you think we're totally nuts? Check out some of the coops I've been admiring over on Pinterest