I am happy to say that the hens that arrived as just-hatched-chicks
on April 1st are laying now.
Every day I am getting 2 ½ to 3 dozen eggs.
Lovely, aren't they?
I love an egg carton full of eggs of varied color and size.
Hubbs takes our eggs to the city each week...
we have regular customers who reserve a year's worth of eggs at a time.
And so, in order to service those long-term customers, I have to
raise a new flock of chickens each year to replace the ones who retire along the way.
I have three chicken houses, and each year the newest batch of hens
gets moved into one of the houses (on a rotating basis).
This last group moved into the upper house in this picture.
There are two houses that share this enclosed yard,
but as you can see... our chickens spend their days out in the pasture...
or hanging out in the goats' run-in shed.
Next year's chicks will move into this chicken house behind the goats.
Currently there are about 20 retired chickens living in this house.
(A couple of them still lay an occasional egg.)
If you are on the fence about raising backyard chickens,
don't hesitate to email me.
I would love to chat with you and perhaps give you a little push towards raising your own eggs!
I guarantee you will never be sorry that you did!
(Unless of course you happen to get a rooster amongst your hens...
unless your neighbors don't mind waking up before the sun rises!)