Chelsea is a small town with a bit of a multiple personality disorder due to its rural location not far from the Evil Empire of Social Justice Warriors, also known as Ann Arbor.
What this means is that you have a town full of rural, small town, conservative type folks with their chickens and guns living next door to extremely wealthy liberal “refugees” who have fled the diversified dysutopia that left wing policies have turned A2 into.
I generally feel in my element here, having grown up rural and dirt poor but then going to Ann Arbor to attend the University of Michigan. I ended up staying in Ann Arbor with my husband for a number of years until we left for Ann Arbor’s poorer little sib-city, Ypsilanti, where we bought a house for cheap so we could fix it up while saving enough money to buy land out in the country.
So I “get” why, for example, even though there’s never been any sort of anti-homosexual discrimination here, this past summer our city council came under SJW attack and fell all over themselves in their eagerness to virtue-signal their willingness to “fix” what wasn’t broken and pass some totally non-binding and essentially unenforceable non-discrimination ordinance, which went into effect this January. Our local newspaper interviewed a number of folks around town several weeks ago and the Ann Arbor SJW types proudly gave their names while praising this landmark legislation which will “protect people from hate” while rural conservative types who asked to remain anonymous (i.e. they didn’t want to lose their jobs for daring to state any opinion, however mild, contrary to the SJW bullies’ narrative) saying since there has never been any problem here, it hardly seemed necessary to make such an ordinance which is likely to cause more confusion and problems than it solves.
You can get a humorous sense of this dynamic from last night’s CBS Late Show interview of local Chelsea celebrity Jeff Daniels by Stephen Colbert.
Together they presented the Chelsea Community Calendar (the events on which are actually real), which contains such activities as the Maple Syrup Festival, Family Bowling Night at Chelsea Lanes, and, as Colbert joked:
Tuesday at the Michigan Friends Center is a lecture called, “Why civil resistance works.” Those interested should attend. Those not interested should do everything they can to stop it.
A rather timely joke in light of the SJW attacks on the Chicago Trump rally and a perfect illustration of the tension that can arise between rural conservatives and formerly-urban liberals trying to live in the same town. Truly, Social Justice Warriors are like a plague of locusts, moving from one lovely place to another, destroying it, and then moving on because they don’t actually like living with the results of liberalism.
Ah…but we still have to live our lives, don’t we. Staring too long into the abyss leads to despair, so we turn our minds to happier thoughts.
Like, for instance, poultry! Today was lovely weather and we spent much of the day working on coops and fencing and predator-proofing everything. On April 14th, a dozen pullets will be arriving for us from Townline Hatchery! I ended up ordering them because NO ONE is able to keep chicks in stock; everything that comes in is sold within a day. Even Townline has had to push back delivery dates by a week because demand is so high. I find that rather interesting. Anyway, here is what I ordered:
- 1 Light Brahma
- 3 Ameraucans (which are called Easter Eggers due to their pink, blue, and green eggs)
- 1 Black Jersey Giant
- 1 Golden Laced Wyandotte
- 1 Silverlaced Wyandotte
- 1 Barred Rock
- 1 Black Australorp
- 1 Buff Orpington
- 1 Rhode Island Red
- 1 Isa Brown
Additionally, we ordered four turkeys:
- 2 Broad Breasted Whites
- 2 Orlopp Broad Breasted Bronzes
I thought this would give us a nice little mixed flock. I’ll also probably pick up a half-dozen straight run Isa Browns so we’ll have a rooster or two to help guard the hens.
Additionally, arriving the first week of May is an order of geese and ducks from Metzer’s. I ordered 2 hens and 1 drake of each kind of duck:
- 3 Rouens
- 3 White Tufteds
- 3 Buffs
- 3 Fawn Indian Runners
For the Pilgrim geese, you were only allowed to order male-female pairs. We had wanted one male and two or three females, but since this wasn’t possible, we just got one pair.
And finally, I’m adding two rather unusual plants to my garden this year: pennyroyal and tobacco. Pennyroyal is an old-time preventive for lice and mites on chickens, as is tobacco (nicotine is actually a poison). If the birds eat a bit, it apparently will not hurt them and may even help them expel worms. According to The Michigan Poultry Breeder, January 1906 edition:
When chicks droop and appear sick without cause, especially in summer, look for lice; not the little red mites, but the large, gray body lice on the head and neck.
If you find them, use a few drops of grease of any kind. A teaspoonful of oil of pennyroyal to a cup of lard is excellent […]
Keep the dustbath always ready. Use dry dirt or sifted coal ashes. Add carbolate of lime, Persian insect powder, or oil of pennyroyal to the dirt.
I won’t bother to make oil but will just mix a bit of pennyroyal and tobacco in with their bedding, litter, and dustbath. David the Good has a helpful article on his Survival Gardener blog entitled How to Grow Tobacco and Why You Should Grow It, and Victory Seeds has a large variety of tobacco seeds available. Park Seeds is one source for Pennyroyal seeds.