A Grower’s Eggsperiment – “Get Me Some Chickens”
Our blog feature, FarmTek’s Farmers, will include posts from FarmTek employees who also happen to be experts in topics such as dairy farming and backyard chickens because, well, they are real farmers! This week’s FarmTek Farmer is Kathleen Osgood. Kathleen is going to tell you about her start as a backyard chicken farmer.
Hello FarmTek blog followers! This will be my first post of several in the coming months so I wanted to quickly introduce myself. My name is Kathleen and I am a Senior Account Manager here at FarmTek. I work in the ClearSpan group and my days are comprised of helping growers design their dream greenhouses and high tunnels- a sweet gig! I am coming on five years with the company and love getting to chat with savvy farmers every day.
I, myself, am an avid gardener with a small cold frame and several raised beds which I use to produce greens, tomatoes, and peppers during the summer. That is, when I don’t forget to water them the second week of June…yes that happened. Anyhow, I suppose I would be remiss in describing myself if I failed to mention that I am a BIG fan of all things locally grown and deliciously natural. I love eating fresh, home-grown produce when the seasons allow for it, but more importantly, I like eggs.
I mean I REALLY like eggs. I’m a two egg every morning with a hardboiled in the afternoon for a snack kinda gal. I love the taste, the protein…you get the idea. So last summer, when the grasshoppers and grub worms were out of hand and I lamented to my like minded neighbor the woes of trying to prevent pests naturally, he responded that I should, “get me some chickens.” Let’s just say a spark was lit.
So here I am, a proficient grower with little to no experience with livestock, planning on buying chickens for my hobby farm. Am I crazy? Probably. Let’s just say I’m embarking on what we at FarmTek will call an eggsperiment. Fortunately, I work with a very “aggy,” staff (this is FarmTek after all) and Joe, from our E- Commerce department, has a whole mess of chickens of his own. He has been a great resource in helping me decide on housing and feeding/watering supplies that I will need to best support my soon- to-be new birds. Thanks Joe, you are such a flockstar! I look forward to filling you all in on my adventures in the coming weeks. Check back soon!
Do you have any advice for Kathleen? What do you wish you knew when you got your first chicks?