The truth about chickens

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

From raising...
to building...
to roofing...
to painting...
to cleaning...
to preparing...
and organizing...
and loving...
we now have ourselves a cute little flock of chickens. 

We wanted to be able to provide our children with the real life work (and mess) of caring for animals, and as far as barnyard animals go - chickens are pretty easy to care for. Getting everything ready for them was a lot of work, but now it is pretty low maintenance. 
We started out with 6 ISA chicks. We bought them because they were guaranteed hens. They lay brown eggs. 1 little chick passed away when it was just a few days old, which they say is pretty common. So we were left with 5, which kind of seemed pretty perfect, since I have 5 little chicks myself! We then bought 6 Ameraucana's. They lay blue/green eggs, but come with no promises as to what they are.
So we bought 6, hoping to end up with at least 3 hens. Any roosters would have to go when the time came. We lost 1 to a bird of prey and quickly covered the chicken run with a net. Again we ended up with 5. As they grew we thought that 1 for sure was a rooster - he soon confirmed of beliefs with his first sad little "cock-a-doo". They don't actually always "cock-a-doodle-doo", they mostly just "cock-a-doo". It is kind of cute the first few times - not so cute anymore and we are hastily in search for a new home for him. Out of 5 birds, we only ended up with 1 rooster! ( I have heard horror stories about people ending up with 95% roosters) Our brown hens are all laying now, and we are getting 5 eggs a day. Even though they each lay brown eggs, each egg is a slightly different color, some even have speckles. 
The eggs are another reason and an added bonus for keeping chickens. It is a good lesson for the children to understand where our food actually comes from. When the kids bless the food they always ask for a blessing to be upon the farmers. The other day we had eggs for lunch and Emma asked that the farmers who grew the food would be blessed. When she finished and we opened our eyes, I smiled at her and told her that we were the farmers. They all thought this was pretty cool! 
We have been patiently waiting for the Ameraucana's to start laying. 

I am happy to say that the first one is here!
This - this is the real reason that I personally wanted to keep chickens. 
It is so beautiful - our very first green egg!

1 comment:

  1. That is a pretty egg. I hope you blow some and keep the shells for decorating!

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