Grass is …um… never mind.
I’d worry for the cattle, if I could bring myself to wish them well. Really the only group I’d rather wish extinction upon is their owners. If they start dying like flies for lack of forage, maybe the owners will round them up and take them someplace else. Someplace not here. Hm. When I think of it that way, c’mon drought!
Good news on the chicken front, though…
Landlady is on record that this time she really means it – she wants out of the chicken business. “Most expensive free eggs in history” was the last word on that topic. And it’s true – even I could buy eggs much less expensively at the store in town than what I spend in feed and infrastructure. There’s the opportunity cost issue, though – I can only go to town at particular times and only buy eggs when I have cash in hand, but the chickens are already here and I really don’t have a lot better to do than to tend them, so what the hell? – plus there’s the issue that the little town nearest where I live has actually run out of eggs before.
And also it just makes sense to raise at least a little of my own food. I’ve pretty much given up on gardening, except for little individual things like rosemary. Maybe a real gardener could make something happen with this soil and climate and rodent situation, but I’m sick of trying. But chickens are easy. I don’t want to stop raising chickens, even though I admit it makes no economic sense.
So I needed another source of chickens. I’ve considered getting a brooder and trying to hatch mail-order eggs, and that’s still something I’d like to try. But that’s a whole new endeavor and I don’t want to bet my egg and meat supply on it. What I really wanted was a bi-annual source of new chicks.
And out of the blue, Neighbor L stepped up and said she wanted in. She’s been doing my laundry for going on two years now, and every week when I have a dozen fresh eggs that aren’t earmarked for me or Landlady, I bring them to her. She likes those eggs. If Landlady doesn’t want to do it – and I truly don’t blame her – L does.
Okay. Cool. Let’s do that!
And now back to a little light carpentry. Beautiful day!