Patience: A virtue

They say that patience is a virtue. It's just not one of mine. Making the decision to grow one's own food and to become self sufficient requires a level of patience that I wasn't at first prepared for when I began this journey a few months ago. In today's world of modern conveniences, everything is fast. Information is available at our fingertips and products are often delivered within a day or two at most. Patience today is not something that is practiced.

I purchased these little beauties back in late June as just off the heat pullets. They are Buff Orpington and Lavender Orpington chickens which is a heavy breed of chicken bred for both meat and egg production. I was super excited to not have to buy eggs but unfortunately, I miscalculated how long it would take for these chickens to begin producing eggs. It's already the middle of October and still not a single egg. Each day I go out and search the coop and run in the hopes that I may find my first egg, but so far nothing. I'm definitely getting an education in patience with these girls!

While I do hate waiting, having to wait for my first eggs from my girls is a good lesson, I believe. I can only imagine how grateful I will be when I find that first egg in the coop! Knowing the care and time that went into producing the first eggs will make those precious gifts from my chickens mean so much more than just going to the store and buying a dozen eggs. That being said, it's important when starting out on this journey to have some idea of how long things will take. I laugh when I look back to when I picked these beauties up back in June and thought as I looked at a dozen eggs in my fridge that I had purchased that weekend, "these will be the last eggs I buy at the store." HA! Five months later I'm still buying eggs and grateful that I have that option. There is definitely a learning curve to this lifestyle.

young radish leaves

I read a ton of articles about starting a garden and every single one of them said that you need to have a plan. Great advice, but I'm impatient, so I didn't really plan things out. As a result, my yield this year wasn't what I thought it would be. I got a late start and put these radishes into the ground in October. Of course we got frost before they were ready to harvest! I'll be spending the winter patiently (I'm really trying) planning my garden for the spring.

The bottom line is patience is needed to be successful in this lifestyle. Go at your own pace, and know that good things come to those who wait and work for it!

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