A few folks have asked about our flock of chickens.
We have a mixed flock currently consisting of twelve adult hens and five pullet. Here is the run down of our current birds: 4- Polish (a Gold Laced, two Buff Laced and a Splash), 3- Mille Fleur d'Uccle and Easter Egger Crosses, 2- Australorps, 3- Easter Eggers, 2- Silver Laced Wyandottes, 1- Blue Orpington, 1- Barred Plymouth Rock, and 1- Barnevelder.
|Australorp, Easter Egger, Mille Fleur d'Uccle Easter Egger Crosses, Blue Orpington, Silver Laced Wyandotte, and Gold Laced Polish|
|Our nesting boxes|
We keep chickens for a few reasons. Like many folks who keep backyard chickens, we like the fresh eggs (as do our friends, families and coworkers). Our egg production fluctuates throughout the year. At peak times (spring and early fall) we will get between 4-8 eggs/day. During the winter we get about 2/day and in the heat of the summer we typically get 2-4/day. A chicken will lay 3-6 eggs per week for about the first two years, then she'll slow down. We have plenty to eat ourselves and plenty to share with others.
|Eggs still in the nesting box|
The other reason we keep chickens is the fun factor. Our chickens will chase each other all over the yard trying to steal bugs and treats from each other. They are funny little things that provide LOTS of entertainment as well as a sort of living art to the garden.
When we were looking for a house to buy, we made sure to pick one that would allow us to have a backyard flock. (I'm sure our real estate agent thought he was dealing with crazy folks.) We really enjoy our chickens and have been known to encourage other to start a flock of their own.
Do you have backyard chickens in your garden?