How I Became An Urban Farmer During a Pandemic
I was bored.
My senior year is essentially over. I’m missing out on all of the end of year festivities and spending time with people who I love in a place that I have called home for the past 13 years. I am devastated.
I thought, how can I make my quarantine experience more enjoyable and less horrible? What have I wanted to do for a long time but was never home long enough to do it? Only one thing popped into my head: chickens.
I have wanted chickens for a long time. My parents had always said no because taking care of baby chicks takes a lot of work and requires someone to be home at all hours of the day. Using my sadness over my senior year as leverage, I got my parent’s approval for Operation Baby Chick.
I came across a website called MyPetChicken.com. The website had everything I needed to start a baby chick brooder as well as the baby chicks (yes, they were delivered in the mail, a very suspicious looking USPS worker handed me a small cardboard box that was cheeping). I built a coop that I bought the parts for on Amazon.
It has now been three weeks with the baby chicks and I cannot emphasize how good of an idea this was. They’re adorable, hilarious, and not that hard to take care of. We are three weeks away from fresh daily eggs and I am so excited!