Okay- I've decided that chickens are in our future, particularly because as I keep talking about chickens, Steve is becoming more and more receptive to the idea. Neither of us are kidding ourselves that we're going to save money on eggs this way. And today, on our walk, we discovered another backyard with chickens in it.
I've borrowed a few books from the library, and my favorite is The Joy of Keeping Chickens- The Ultimate Guide to Raising Poultry For Fun Or Profit, by Jennifer Megyesi. Copyrighted in 2009, the information is timely and relevant, and it's obvious that even though she raises meat chickens, she cares very deeply about their welfare. I also really enjoyed the prose with which she opened every chapter. The real kicker for me with this book, however, is that after reading it, I feel confident enough to try my hand at raising chickens.
The plan is still to wait until next year to do it- that and bees have to wait a year, because I'm still getting my garden and orchard together and I don't want to bite off more than I can chew. I'm so behind as it is. But chickens are definitely in the future, I'm sure of it.