Chickens, Goats, and Geese, OH MY!

Updated: Nov 20, 2018

You know, most people would say something along these lines:

I've always dreamed of a farm!

I want to live in the country, it's peaceful!

I like animals more than people!

I have always been, let's just say, different than most girls. I was a tomboy; I fell out of trees, I pride myself on the scars and the stories behind them, and can handle ANY physical task. I didn't per say, "dream," of having my own farm, though through my teen years I was an avid equestrian. I didn't think entirely too much of the country, though I did enjoy romping in barns and forests. And though I loved animals and seemed to understand them more than my peers, I never would say that animals were more important than people in my life.

Well, a few things have changed. Now in my thirties, I have my own farm in a peaceful country forest, and hang out with more animals than people regularly. One day, Liam and I were in Tractor Supply Co., in Pulaski, NY. Unbeknownst to me, it was their "chick days." This refers to the season they have baby chickens (chicks) for sale. I just looked at them, peeping and popping around and I thought and said out loud: "hmm, we could do that..." I considered the scenario I was facing, and immediately was intrigued. I asked Liam if we could go to { Deaton's AGWAY } which is a local feed store down the road that knowingly also sold chicks. Let me tell you, they had so many different breeds and bird species, and well, we were in love.

Liam said, let's get geese! So we got 2 Pomeranian Saddlebacks. I said that the Guinea Fowl looked cool, so we got 2 French Guineas. New York State has a minimum of 6 poultry with each purchase, so that meant we needed a few more birds. I'm pretty sure we left with 12 total. We were hooked, and the rest was downhill in the best way. Have you ever heard of chicken math? No? Don't worry, i'll blog about it. So we got birds, simply because "we could do that!"

As for the goats, Liam had tossed around the idea of turning our little chicken farm into a full fledged, operational dairy and meat farm. But there was a hangup in that plan, because you see, I have too big of a heart to eat my pets. Now, don't get me wrong, I am NOT opposed to ANYONE eating their own raised animals. Heck, i'll even buy a processed animal from another farm for consumption, but I wouldn't be able to handle it myself. To each their own, no bigs. So, I thought, why don't we just breed to sell, and produce dairy products. We each had our own favorite goat breeds, and that too went downhill in the best way, increasingly fast.

Many people have a 1, 3, 5, and even a 10 year plan for their lives. I have never planned a proper arrangement in my entire life. Literally living as I fly by the seat of my pants, I have managed to encompass all of the things I always enjoyed; nature, animals, comfort, and happiness.

Why chickens, goats, and geese?? Because I could, and it's the best decision i've ever made, next to agreeing to a divorce! Maybe that will be an inspirational blog point too. I'm a bit further away from the people I love physically, but they are still in my life, and to be honest, we all have our own stuff going on anyways. The country is wonderful, and we love being able to do what we want, when we want! The animals and my friends both love each other, and everyone is happy to visit and relax here. All is well, welcome to our farm <3

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