Urban Farming and Crazy May Weather

chicken house 2013For the past ten years, Sophia and I have been living on a farm just a mile away from where I grew up. Last month, we finally decided to make a change and move into town.  It was a tough decision, we’ll no doubt miss living on a farm, but we are close enough to still help my father. This realization made the transition a little bit easier.

Remember that six-pack of chickens we bought back in March?  Well, they grew pretty fast and I have to confess their home our basement where we were keeping them became a bit of a nuisance.  It was a real chore to clean it every day and the chickens were going through the feed like you wouldn’t believe. We brought those chickens with us when we moved into town and move them to a fancy little chicken run and hen house we found at our local farm supply store.

chickens May 6We’re going to try our hand at Urban Farming. We were so excited once the weather warmed up and we were able to move our chickens outside and test the new chicken house.

Towards the end of April the weather became increasingly more beautiful with sunny spring days and budding trees. Here in Iowa, as I have said before, it’s all about the weather!  The chickens couldn’t have been happier sophia and chicken blogrunning around our back yard scratching for bugs.  I was surprised at how entertaining they can be, it has been so much fun to sit outside and watch them explore.

Then, in a crazy twist, a winter blizzard struck us on May 2 and over two days we received more than a foot of snow.  We went from spring sunshine and the beginnings of swimsuit weather to an all-out snow storm typical of January.   I wasn’t sure how our chickens would weather the storm in the new chicken run. I asked my mother and she assured me that because they had feathers they would be fine.  And they were.

The temperatures on the rise and e have Spring Fever once again!

6 thoughts on “Urban Farming and Crazy May Weather”

  1. Though there might not be a chicken vet in Los Angeles cities, websites like backyardchickens.com and urbanchickens.org , and groups like Los Angeles Urban Chicken Enthusiasts, can provide support for the urban farming community.

  2. There were some older farmers who talked about young people who get a job doing urban farming for a year and then go become investment bankers. And I do think that’s happening to a certain degree, but I would say the majority of the people I spoke to were very much committed to the places where they lived; they were pretty rooted.

  3. Shelly and others, as a member of PETA (PEOPLE EATING TASTY ANIMALS) I support urban farming which would increase the availability of free range chickens. The shorter the distance from ‘Farmer to Fry Pan’ the Better. Bon Appetite !

  4. There were some older farmers who talked about young people who get a job doing urban farming for a year and then go become investment bankers. And I do think that’s happening to a certain degree, but I would say the majority of the people I spoke to were very much committed to the places where they lived; they were pretty rooted.

  5. These days it seems anyone with a plot of dirt in their yard or a local park ripe for planting is doing the r/urban farming thing. From raising chickens and goats, to replacing lawn with edible vegetable gardens, to growing fruit trees, people are getting back to life with fresh eggs, home-baked strawberry-rhubarb pie, and dirt under their nails.

  6. There were some older farmers who talked about young people who get a job doing urban farming for a year and then go become investment bankers. And I do think that’s happening to a certain degree, but I would say the majority of the people I spoke to were very much committed to the places where they lived; they were pretty rooted.

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