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My featured Merit Badge Awardee of the Week is … Doris Meisell!!!

Doris Meisell (#3794) has received a certificate of achievement in Garden Gate for earning a Beginner Level Backyard Farmer Merit Badge!


“I decided to jump in and get my feet wet by raising some chickens and it’s been a love affair since day one! I ordered them from a hatchery as day old chicks and have spent the past year and a half tending to them. I originally planned to order 15 to start but ended up choosing six different breeds. I plan to branch out with ducks and goats and a cow and a couple of horses … but that will have to wait until we have more space. For now it’s five dogs, three cats, and six chickens!

Did I mention how nervous this makes my DH whose planning a quiet retirement?!

This is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made! Not only do we have fresh eggs that come from a source that I control (well except for the worms and bugs they find on their own) but they provide hours upon hours of entertainment and contentment for me. We had to move them 1,200 miles and, thankfully, everyone survived. I love each and every one of them. Although I did pick them partially because they are meat birds, I have no intention of ever eating one of these. They are excellent layers and are not much trouble at all. I can honestly say that there have been days where a stick of dynamite could not rouse me out of bed but the minute I remember that I must raise the coop door, I am out there in a flash, sometimes in nightclothes and mudders (boots) … and let me tell you, on those mornings back on the east coast where we struggled just to get up to the freezing mark by midday, that says a lot about chicken love. Thank goodness we probably won’t have long hard freezes like that here back in our home state of Texas.”

  1. Brenda White says:

    My husband and I own 8 chickens. It’s been a great experience for us plus we know we have fresh healthy eggs to eat. Also we pass eggs on to our friends and family. We are urban farmers living in the city but we have a wooded area behind us. And lastly I refer to my chickens as ornamental. They trot around the yard and will not grace our table as dinner.

  2. Winnie Nielsen says:

    Dors, I am delighted to hear about your successful chicken project! I keep trying to talk my husband into letting me do the same but we travel a lot and that makes it more difficult. Enjoy all of those fresh eggs from your Girls and the peace of watching them be just who they are!

  3. Joan H. says:

    Yay! I love my chickens too! And that feeling of healthy eggs from happy chickens is the best.

    We are moving soon, still trying to figure out how to handle my girls safely.

    Goods times,

  4. Krista says:

    Congratulations Doris on your Merit Badge award. Having fresh eggs is simply the best. I love hearing how much you love and care for your chickens. They must really mean something to you when you brave the freezing cold for them! I hope your chickens bring you much joy and that you can soon branch out with new animals.

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