We’ve done it again! We took a trip to the local Rural King yesterday and it was an adventure as always. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Rural King, it’s like the everything farm and ranch store but in classic old K-Mart style (at least the K-Mart from my childhood). The buildings and parking lots aren’t inviting or attractive. Trails of dropped popcorn (a fresh popped freebie you get as you walk in the door and a true treat while shopping) on the rough, uneven concrete floor shows you where your fellow shoppers have been.
Our mission was to pick up some Shoreklear to get rid of all the reeds choking our pond at the Half-Acre Homestead. Dodging corn kernels all the way, we found what we came for and a little bit more (of course). That’s the fun part about the Rural King: you never know what odds and ends you’re going to find that you can’t imagine living without. Pushing toward the back of the store we heard the seasonal cheeps of baby chickens coming from the stock tanks turned brooding pens.
We already have three ladies who inhabit our Backyard Bodega: Bertha, Bernice and Blue-Red. We picked up the three Auracanas last year with a friend and they’ve been happily laying their quintessential pastel-colored eggs ever since. Realizing chickens aren’t that difficult to care for, we couldn’t help ourselves when we saw the price of baby chicks was dropped down to just a buck each (minimum of 6 to buy). So we bought six more little pullets. Three are Rhode Island Reds and the other three are Silver Laced Wyandottes. We quickly divided a place for them in the Triple-B Bodega and these spring chicks seem to be interested in getting to know their bigger counterparts! With time ladies…with time.
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