We Are not in California Any longer!


This could be subtitled: How I went from California suburbia to a hen ranch in Arkansas. I was minding my very own organization a single day in February, taking care of a active veterinary specialty medical center in the San Francisco Bay place when I acquired a mobile phone connect with from a veterinarian in Arkansas. It seemed I was on the reference listing for the practice administration computer software plan we made use of, and this physician was seeking to get information on how we had the plan and our IT process established up. Just after 3 months of occasional telephone phone calls, I was asked if I would consider moving to Arkansas.

Of course, my knee jerk response was, “Arkansas? I will not consider so!” Soon after all, I was born and elevated in California. Why on earth would I want to move to Arkansas? But, you know how matters have a way of running close to in your brain. That evening I did some investigation on line. I discovered that Arkansas was not as backwards as it is presented on the Tonight Present, the school procedure gained far better scores than the faculty process my son was attending in California, and the price of living was substantially reduce. I did a rapid serious-estate search, and observed that I could basically acquire a home with land — something I didn’t believe I would at any time be in a position to afford to pay for to do in California.

So, I took a big leap of religion. I revised my resume and mailed it with a go over letter, and booked a flight two months out. I contacted a authentic estate agent to routine some walk-throughs even though I was there. The drive from Small Rock airport to Clarksville in the Arkansas River Valley persuaded me that this was in which I needed to be — irrespective of whether or not I obtained the task at the veterinary specialty follow. Two weeks afterwards, they made me an supply, which I accepted. The past week in August, I moved my family members (mom, sister, son and dog) to Arkansas.

It took 3 extra months of wanting, but I last but not least identified the fantastic household sitting down on 15 acres, about 1/2 wooded and 1/2 pasture a good-sized, yr-spherical pond, cross fencing, and a barn. I experienced only been there for a pair of months when a pal of the veterinarian termed and requested if I would like to have some chickens. The doctor’s neighbor has a Tyson farm, and through the pick up, numerous chickens “escaped.” At the time they have been free-ranging, Tyson doesn’t want them. So, 25 chickens have been sent to my dwelling. Now, the most practical experience I experienced experienced with chickens was striving to elevate a few silkies in our backyard in California right up until the raccoons obtained them about 3 weeks into the venture. Suddenly, I experienced 25 complete grown, laying hens to get care of. Just for the document, when questioned how lots of I wished, I reported a dozen. Apparently, a dozen is substantially more in this article in Arkansas than it is in California!

Regretably, for my poor hens, I figured out a ton via trial and mistake in these early months. But a number of decades later on, I have a very good-sized, typically totally free-range flock. We love farm-clean eggs practically 12 months spherical. I have properly incubated and hatched chickens. And although some of my spouse and children members continue to have a challenge with the concept, I have butchered some of the roosters and served them up for supper when my rooster to hen ration was also large. In potential posts I will focus on particulars about increasing yard chickens and managing an animal rescue.


Resource by CD Miller