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Building on the Dream

The Pirate and I were talking about our dream today. You know...the one about chicken ownership. And it got around to a discussion about also wanting fruit trees. We both would like a very small orchard (6-9 trees) of different fruits. And then I realized that if I was going to have fruit trees, there's something else I want. Bees.

Chicken an' bees...
Chicken an' bees...
Chicky buzzy chicky buzzy
Chicken an' bees!

We had bees in the backyard of the house we live in now, but I had them removed because the baby was just a baby and they were too close to the house. On the other hand, neither me nor anyone else in the house was ever stung, despite the fact that I had, at one point, wrenched the top off the box they were using as a hive. The gentleman who came to remove them said that they were the most mellow bees he had ever seen. I chose this particular man because he was the only one I could find that wouldn't kill the bees. He just relocated them, and it didn't look all that difficult.

And the honey was amazing.

I want chicken an' bees.


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Feb. 28th, 2004 07:21 pm (UTC)
I've had chickens, but never bees. Mom knows people who have had bees, though, and has some contact with the counties apiary community.

Chickens...we used to order them from Murray McMurray, a company in the midWest somewhere. They came via USPS, and the post office would call first thing in the morning when they arrived, and we'd head off to the post office with Mom's Ford LTD station wagon (or her Plymouth, before that) and get a box of 30 or 35 little yellow chicks. They's throw in a free one once in a while, usually of some odd breed, which is how it came to pass that my first "pet" was an Araucana (I'm sure I spelled that wrong) hen named Babe who laid blue eggs. I kid you not.
Feb. 28th, 2004 07:21 pm (UTC)
Oops - that should be "county's" possesive, not "counties" plural!
Feb. 28th, 2004 11:48 pm (UTC)
The link is to McMurray hatchery, which I believe is in Ohio. I'm a little daunted by what it takes to start out with chickens, and I'm not even sure they'll only ship me six. The ones I want aren't cheap.

I was just telling someone that I'm worried about the City of San Jose's views on chicken keeping. According to the Pirate, there was at least one guy who kept chickens and when his neighbors raised a ruckus, he was allowed to keep them by claiming that they weren't livestock, they were pets. My problem with claiming chickens as pets is sort of like my problem with marrying someone so that they can get a green card. If anyone were to show up wanting proof, I doubt I'd be able to show any real affection.
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