I would love to turn our little house into a farm in the city, complete with bees, chickens, and a goat (or two). I don’t eat honey, or eggs, or dairy products for that matter, but my husband eats honey, the dog eats eggs, and frankly, goats are just cool. After turning my front yard into a permanent edible garden, and growing seasonal veggies in the backyard, I yearn to do more–after working on the gardens all spring, prepping and planting, all I can do now is water, weed, and watch. Which I admit is very satisfying, but I would love to have a handful of chickens wandering around as well. I really don’t know anything about beekeeping (or goat raising, for that matter), but I can’t imagine it would be that hard. I mean really, they’re just these wild little insects that sting, right? What’s to know!? But chickens don’t sting, and they don’t need much either: shelter, food, space, love. I’ve got the latter in abundance.
But no to the chickens–and it’s because I am pretty sure my dog would attempt to eat them, and that would be devastating (not to mention messy). I admit to being pretty okay with blood and gore (as in, not too grossed out), but if one of my own ate another one of my own, that would be a blow straight to the heart. I’m a little tempted to try, to go through the process we went through to acclimate her to the cat (which involved desensitizing, and basically convincing her not to eat him), but my husband is not really sold on chickens in any capacity. I’m not sure why though–something to do with the clucking noise, and indiscriminate pooping, and taking up more space in the yard than he’s willing to relinquish.
And we don’t really have room for a goat, let alone two. Though I think it would be nice to have an animal around here that could out-alpha the dog simply by virtue of having a-literally-bone hard forehead.
So, no to the chickens for now. And the bees and the goats. Today we’ll stick with one dog and one cat and one husband. And a yard full of things to eat and a whole lot of space to daydream in.