After calling almost everyone I know who either knows chicken, eats chicken, or can imitate a chicken, I narrowed the search down to three local farms (thanks to my favorite farmer's direction) and will begin my morning by trying to convince one of them to give me a "loaner".
You see, since the whole scandal over people buying chicks for Easter and then abandoning them to a horrible fate, pet stores stopped carrying them and farmers are hesitant to send them off. This presents a very tricky reality for me, a well-meaning mom, who wants to contribute to the best mom party ever (and uphold my teacher pride).
If I am forced to actually buy a chick, that will eventually become a chicken, what do I do with it come 12:01 tomorrow?
My husband has already laid down the law: If there is a chicken in our house when he gets home from work tomorrow, I'm in serious trouble. It doesn't matter that having one would provide a teachable moment, a ready pet, and convenient, free breakfasts, his message was clear.
So, I am going to buy a chicken and then return it...whether they'll give me my money back or not.
Stay tuned for ongoing developments.......
2 years ago