We also raise our own chickens for meat and have 15 layers, they are my daughter's "girls". The only one that got named though was the odd girl out, we ordered red stars and got one buff orph, so the buff is "Blondie". That darn chicken is more of a cuddle bug than the dogs or cats. I wasn't much of a chicken person prior to getting them but they have really surprised me with their personalities. They know when the school bus gets home and they start carrying on before she even makes up it the lane.
The rest of our meat my hubby & I get via hunting or we buy locally. I'm thankful to have friends that raise grass fed organic beef, another who raises buffalo and we then buy 2 hogs at the 4-H auction each year.
DH & I have been discussing getting a few Boer goats, he really likes them to eat, I like the idea of them cleaning my fence rows in the horse pastures :)
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