I’ve mentioned this before but in order for Vince to agree to move back to MO, I had to promise I wouldn’t get chickens again. I did promise so I haven’t said too much about getting chickens but with the cost of eggs and with them being somewhat hard to find, I mentioned to him that I felt it wasn’t just a matter of wanting chickens but a matter of needing them for eggs. He didn’t buy it but he was more open to the idea. I even noticed him looking at chicken coop designs on the internet one evening.
We get our eggs from a Mennonite farmer and had picked up some this week. They’ve gone from $3/dozen to $4/dozen but that’s still a bargain for those free range chicken eggs with the bright orange yolks and thick, firm whites. He did have some chicken tractors for sale – the coop with the wheels on them so you can pull them around from place to place but the price was kind of a shocker. Vince decided he would build our coop. Later we stopped and looked at greenhouses. I heard that bedding plants could be as high as $7 or $8 each this year. With a greenhouse, I could start seeds and get my own seedlings ready to plant. Of course, plants could be $2 each too. Who knows. We know what the cost of eggs are.
After looking at the greenhouse, we were driving home and Vince and I both looked at each other and we were thinking the same thing . . greenhouse or chicken coop? We can buy one but we can’t buy both. We talked about it and it looks like the greenhouse is winning.
Today we’re going to go back and look at the greenhouse. I had so much fun with the greenhouse in Texas. I can’t believe that was all 9 years ago that we bought the greenhouse. I don’t know . . if we go with the greenhouse, that will be the end of chickens for sure . . probably forever, unless we move to a place with more land and I doubt that’s going to happen. But, the greenhouse seems more practical in some ways. I can see pros and cons of each.
I have no idea how this is going to turn out. I have no idea which one I even prefer. I want fresh eggs but I would have so much fun growing stuff in the greenhouse.
It’s times like this that I think . . in Texas I had chickens AND a greenhouse but . . I wasn’t 45 minutes from Addie. OK . . we have a decision to make . . probably today!