The 12 Gifts of Chickens


Staying grounded and focused on the spirit of the holidays can be challenging with the constant noise of retailers trying to convince us that we must have whatever they’re selling. Chicken-keepers, however, need look no further than their own backyards in order to filter out the noise and tune into what’s really important. The humble, backyard chicken serves as a living example that giving of one’s self to others is the best, most meaningful gift we can give. Chickens naturally give of themselves each day without expectation of anything in return; I think their gifts are worthy of acknowledgement and admiration.

Eggshell Nativity scene.


12 TASTY, NUTRITIOUS EGGS



11 BEAUTIFUL, VERSATILE EGG SHELLS


Eggshell bouquets

10 PHYSICAL BEAUTY, UNIQUE LAWN ORNAMENTS


White Plymouth Rock, Marilyn (L) and Columbian Wyandotte , Lola(R)
Cindy, Barred Plymouth Rock
Buff Orpington chicks, White Silkie, Freida and Olive Egger, Oliva (Speckled Sussex tail showing behind Freida)
Columbian Wyandotte pullet, Lola and Black Copper Marans rooster, Maxon
Polish Crested hen

9 NITROGEN-RICH, PREMIUM COMPOSTING MATERIAL

(Yes, even if they subsequently use the garden as a nesting area.)



8 GARDEN CULTIVATION

(weed eating and composting assistance)



7 EXTERMINATION SERVICES

(mosquitoes, ticks, grubs, spiders, snakes…)


Mmm…worms!

6 A BRICK IN THE WALKWAY OF SELF-SUFFICIENCY



5 OPPORTUNITY TO TEACH

(teach children about responsibility, where food comes from and the circle of life)



4 COMPANIONSHIP



3 ENTERTAINMENT


Polish Crested chicks dust bathing

Rachel, bantam Cochin Frizzle, playing fetch.

2 BEAUTIFUL FEATHERS FOR CRAFTING

(or jewelry making or fly tying)



1 TWO WORDS: BABY CHICKS!


Kathy Shea Mormino, The Chicken Chick®

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Katherine Reinhart
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Love all of it! Love the eggs on the christmas tree & wreath. How did you do it???

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