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Chickens on the Brain

Here’s My “I Brake for Moms” column in The Good Life section of The Everett Daily Herald this morning.

I have seriously had chickens on the brain recently.  That’s why today was something to cluck about.

Brian from The Real Housewife of Snohomish County invited my family to meet Wendy, Chynna, and Carnie in his Edmonds backyard.

Okay, actually what happened was that me, in my chicken-crazed-frenzy, invited my entire family over to his house, and Brian graciously said yes!  😉

Brian has built an absolutely amazing, predator proof, chicken coop which you can read about here.  It even has rain gutters!

My son Bruce and I have been doing the math, and we think that after coop costs, Chynna, Wendy and Carnie are probably laying eggs that cost about $4 a dozen.  But wow!  Those are some happy, well-cared for chickens.

The MyPlate on My Budget project has really been making me think about the true cost of food.  When you buy eggs for $1 a dozen at the store, those eggs are cheap for a reason, right?  Somebody or somebeing is probably paying a higher price.

Maybe that’s why the idea of backyard chickens is so powerful to me.  I would love to know that my breakfast was provided for by happy chickens like the Wilson Phillips girls.

Stay tuned for more of my chicken-crazed musings in the future…  In the meantime, I hope that you will check out Brian’s blog, The Real Housewife of Snohomish County. It doesn’t matter if it’s cooking, volunteering, chickens, or equal rights; Brian writes with a lot of heart.

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