I have a question for you...
something that has me worried.
Here it is.....
At what point does one qualify to be labeled a chicken hoarder?
Seriously, I know I am not a hoarder,
but my flock seems to be growing as the years pass.
My problem is this....
after several years of laying, chickens eventually stop laying.
Because I have chickens of varying ages,
I never know exactly which chickens are laying and which are not.
So amongst my layers are quite a few retirees, I am assuming.
Even if I knew which gals were no longer productive,
I don't think I would have the heart to stew them.
So as the years pass, I start more chicks so that I have
plenty of eggs for my ever growing flock of customers.
This summer I have started 25 (the Cuckoo Marans and Henri).
And because my old layers are just not up to speed in egg production,
I have ordered another 25 assorted brown layers to be delivered in July.
As for room in the henhouse....there is plenty with 4 henhouses.
And because the hens are free ranging, they basically only sleep and
lay eggs in their houses.
The rest of the time they are galavanting around the farm.
I assure you I have happy chickens...
very happy chickens.
Each of the coops gets cleaned every morning.
They always have access to fresh food and plenty of water.
Table scraps are a common treat
(they eat as well as we do!),
and their days are filled with dust baths, insect hunting, pasture grazing,
and communing with all manner of farm critters...peacefully....
making for a well fed, non-stressed life.
So I ask you.....
do I need to worry?
Or better yet....
do my chickens need to worry?
I wanted to show you this sweet iris.
It is called a black iris, and it came in the mail
early this spring from a sweet friend.
I am so happy it bloomed!
Just lovely....thanks Linda!!