|It's always fun to gather the eggs.|
Fresh eggs are wonderful to say the least. The yolk is solid and a wonderful color, the shells are thick and strong, which is a good sign the chickens are getting what they need. And there is a wonderful flavor. You hear a lot about the conditions of chickens in the industry, and I believe that has a lot to do with the quality of the eggs. I read somewhere that eggs are empty of nutrition. The poor mistreated chickens have nothing to give, and so the eggs are void of nutrition compared with free range eggs or home grown chickens that lay. You can see the difference. Buy a store bought egg and get an egg from your Chicken Farmer Neighbor and crack them side by side and you will see the difference from the shell to the yolk.
|This is my hen house and small run. Under the large tree keeps them cooler in the summer.|
|Mulching is a great way to use the droppings.|
I do a lot of gardening. Chicken droppings are supposed to be the best for gardening. I compost them with all my leaves and trimmings in the yard. I keep my coop and run fresh with a layer of straw. Every so often as need dictates, I rake it out and start fresh. The stuff I rake out goes into the mulch pile. I have a constant supply of rich droppings to keep my garden healthy.
|Nice nest boxes.|
Nest boxes are great and important. Chickens are creatures of habit and they like the same spot. They are also messy and they drop everywhere. It's great to keep the eggs out of the line of fire. Once in a while you will get a chicken that eats eggs. We always have brown or white wooden eggs in the boxes. A few pecks on these will cure them from eating eggs. It also reminds them where to lay.
|They love to eat.|
I toss scrapes from the table and grains that get bugs in them to the chickens. I also use the trimmings from my garden. They love green. I keep them out of the garden because they love green so much they will destroy a garden in moments. The straw is also a great thing to do. It keeps them busy scratching all day long.
|I suspend the feeder in the air.|
Notice the feeder is up in the air. I learned long ago to not keep the feed on the ground or in a ground level feeder. They scratch it all over and my food bill was to high. I keep it just high enough they have to reach for the pellets. I also keep the water high. They scratch all the dirt into it and have no water so I put it up on a brick. It keeps the water cleaner.
Chickens are great fun to have. The eggs are wonderful. But the best part is just the comfort of hearing them cluck away. I always laugh when you hear that excited cluck that announces that one of them just laid an egg. I guess I really am a chicken farmer. Have a great day.