|There are 6-7 chickens piled on top of each other here.|
Seems we've become a sort of 'Chicken Ambassador' as our neighbor and one of Tom's co-workers are trying their hand at chickens this year for the first time. Living in the country, with no zoning against raising chickens to worry about, I'm glad to see the growth of 'backyard flocks' with these families with youngsters. We have no youngsters anymore, but I treasure my memories of 4-H days with my own two girls. SC's 4-H program educated us on the proper chicken care and training. Though I was the 4-H Leader, I learned right along with my girls as I knew nothing about chickens or anything poultry at the time. By the way, the only reason I was the 4-H Leader, was because there was no one else in our area; so, if the girls were to be in 4-H, I needed to be the Leader.... and I am so glad for that opportunity, though it was an awful lot of work.
|a beaming Carolina Girl holding Freaky at a fair in 2001. |
Freaky lived to be over 10 years old
|Carolina Girl and her award winning chicken 'Freaky' concentrating hard for a 4-H show in 2001|
|Carolina Girl answering the judge's questions while the judge inspects the condition of her chicken|
@2001 at the Anderson County Fair
Oh, and can you believe I took not one single photo of the VBS day and could really kick myself, but guess I was concentrating fully on making sure all went well with masses of children and our chickens. Knowing our chickens would be petted by the public, the girls made sure to give the chickens a thorough bath beforehand. Yes, you can even bathe a chicken.
I would like to encourage families with children who are interested in raising chickens to consider the 4-H program in your area.
Memory lane was not the original intent of this morning's post, but as my two girls are now young adults I am so grateful to have been able to be so involved not only in their schooling, but in their extracurricular activities like 4-H too, as their childhood seems to have past so quickly and I can say I enjoyed every minute.