We have five, yes FIVE chicken coops and a barn. A small barn, but it still housed ducks and chickens and needed cleaning at least 4 days a week. I tried staggering and doing three here and three there, but I was still out there E.V.E.R.Y. day. Most of the time, alone.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not afraid of hard work by any means, but I’m getting older and I think the summers in NC are getting hotter. Exhaustion became my normal state of mind and body.It was spreading out into my personal life as well as my Liniment business. I had lost my joy.
It was time to re-evaluate what direction we were heading. It has been four years and the successful egg production business I was working toward, was becoming a burden. I’m sure it’s because I went in blind. Not sure what to do and how to successfully accomplish the goals I had set. Before I knew it, it was out of control. I felt I was not able to fully care for and provide what I felt the hens I was raising really needed. They were fed, watered, and sheltered, not doubt about that. I spoiled them as often as I could, but it was getting the best of me. I was beginning to doubt my ability to adequately do my job. Sixty five feathered friends was a bit more than I could handle.
It was a gut wrenching decision that took weeks of ups and downs, yes’s and no’s, maybe’s and could have beens. I finally had to just make the decision and sold all but 9 of my chickens.
As difficult as it was, I know I made the right choice. Things are calmer, quieter and simply much easier, for both of us.
I will continue to work on my liniments and have expanded into selling dried herbs. My new store is called “Weedy Creek Botanicals”. More to come on this new adventure!
Thank you to those who have supported us both in spirit and financially by purchasing our eggs. You are truly a blessing!