Paul Hughes, to see if he would entertain my request to bring my family to see what he is doing and how he is doing it - Paul gladly agreed to have us over.
Paul has six chickens running around freely in his backyard and I was quite surprised how benign they are - almost invisible. These six chickens were far more innocuous than many neighborhood dogs with their incessant barking and feces littering the ground that their owners refuse to pick up. I was also surprised at how simple they are to maintain. Paul says a few minutes a day making sure they have water and feed and a little bit of time on the weekend sweeping out the coop and that's about it - I can handle that. For his efforts Paul is rewarded with three eggs every day - his other three are too young to lay as of yet.
Our next step will be consulting with our town to see what, if any, rules there are about chickens. I looked online and couldn't find anything so I will make a call to see if I can dig up some more info. I hope our town is amiable to the idea of raising chickens and if not I fully intend on fighting for my right to grow my own food. Safeway, Sobey's and Superstore do not need to dictate where my food comes from and I shouldn't be forced to use them when I can responsibly and sustainable grow my own possibly with surplus for friends and neighbors...kinda like it used to be a mere fifty years ago.
On side note, my sausage casing finally arrived and I can begin making my own sausage to compliment the jerky I have been making for years. Very cool :-)