Sunday, December 30, 2012

Chickens

Some of the people who read my blog will know that we have a small 5 acre piece of land that I like to call a farm.  We garden, can vegetables, grow flowers and raise hens for their eggs. It gives us a lot of satisfaction to know we are eating freshly grown veges and freshly laid eggs.  It gives a great sense of satisfaction to know we are contributing to our livelihood.   I thought I'd share some picture of our hens with you.   They are easy to care for and so much fun to watch pecking around.




As you can see, we have a mixed variety of colors and types.  This gives us different kinds of eggs.
Don't you just love all the different colors?  It's hard to see in this picture, but some are blue and green. Each hen lays about 1 egg a day each, so that is a lot of eggs if you have 25 chickensOf course, we give them away to our family.  Here is a picture of the chicken coop in the snow.
The chickens have two large covered yards to roam in during the day and then a house to nest in at night.  We keep the hen yards covered to keep preditors out and the chickens in.
My husband built this little portable hen yard that will hold about five chickens to be able to move them around the pasture to scratch the ground.  It's called a chicken tractor.  This is good for the soil and it is fun to see them in different spots of the gardens. 
I also found a metal rooster at a consignment store, painted it bright yellow and placed it on top of the hen house. We don't have a real rooster so he stands guard. 
If you have never tried raising chickens, I think you should give it a try.  They are loving, easy and lots of fun.   


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