If you aren't familiar with Araucanas I will tell you the thing that sets them apart from other breeds. They lay coloured eggs! When we lived in the Slocan Valley Karsten and Kellen had a chicken business. They had a great business plan. Jay and I covered all the expenses and the boys pocketed all the money from egg sales. There was never a problem selling the eggs either. Jay would take them to his office and they were scooped up right away. I think one of the reasons they were so popular was because every carton of eggs included a couple of the coloured Araucana eggs. The colours ranged from pink to purple to aqua. It was like Easter every day of the year.
Of course my mom just doesn't get the chicken thing. Her question was why on earth would anyone want to bother with messy chickens when they can just go to the store and buy eggs. Here's the answer in pictures.
I finished the last of the eggs Tammy and Russ gave me this morning. Happily I still have some farm-fresh eggs in the fridge thanks to my friend Maureen, who gifted me with a dozen yesterday. Not so happily, Kamloops continues to refuse to pass a bylaw allowing backyard chickens. This city needs to get with the times. Even Vancouver allows backyard chickens now! It will happen eventually, and the minute it does I'll be putting in my order for chicks, including a couple of Araucanas. And if the neighbours are unhappy about a few weeds, imagine how they are going to feel about the chickens.