GROW O'ahu

Island Style Gardening and Plant-Based Living

Chicken Chronicles

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Our city says we can have only two chickens on our property, which is what we have. Though I’m almost certain if we had a whole flock no one would say a thing. It’s just that kind of place.

From these two hard working hens (Rosie and Red) we get about 14 eggs a week.  That’s a lot- and unless I do a massive baking rampage, we typically have a hard time eating them all.

Enter the Barter System.  What can you trade for eggs?  Lots of things, it turns out! With the cost of food so high where we live, a carton of brown organic eggs will run between $6-7 at the supermarket. We have recently traded eggs for: fresh papaya, kale, avocado and poly-barrels to make our rain water catchment system. Typically the barrels would have cost about $25 each, but we traded eggs plus $10 for each. Our Barrel Supplier Guy couldn’t wait to go make an omelet.

As the Green Box Garden grows, the vegetable scraps that we are tossing to our little hens will be made into great garden soil.  I’ve already scooped out a bunch of bedding and tossed it with compost in our previous gardens.  Perhaps we should re-name the ladies: Currency and Compost.

So here’s to you, Miss Rosie and Red.  Thanks for all the eggs, and keep up the good work.


Author: Carmen

Things I love: justice in all forms; flowers; locally grown food; cloth-diapering; breastfeeding; feminist theory; outdoor play; beaches; wine; Divine interventions; 4-H and coffee. Things I loathe: racism; homophobia; toxic crap; misogyny; litterbugs; the zombie apocalypse and pitbull-haters. My formal education is in sociology, gender studies, and public policy. I'm also a Lactation Educator; 4-H Youth Development coordinator a Certified Master Gardener and a graduate of a Permaculture Design Course. I've been blogging for several years on dozens of topics- everything from women's health to breed-specific legislation. But the thing I like to write about most is my gardening, food adventures and my kids. So there you have it. Please be kind. Thanks.


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