As many of you may well know, this past Spring we added chickens to the Farm. We purchased our chicks from Tractor Supply and Co-Op, and set about raising them. With ample advise, we set up our brooder in April. Our babies were so cute and we spent a good portion of those first cold days of Spring just checking on them and “ooing and ahing” at just how cute they were.
In a short time, we had converted our existing Dutch barn into a coup and built an attached run for our now juvenile pullets. Those first few weeks (25 to be exact) were filled with excitement and anticipation. When would we get our first eggs and had we done everything right. Then it happened! Our first egg…..TWINS no less. We were proud parents, so to speak.
Those early eggs were spectacular! So delicious and so different from “store bought” versions. As we ate them we felt such a connection to nature, the chickens and to the work that had gone into this project.
With our chests full of pride and our bellies full of eggs, we set about the maintenance phase of chicken farming. I can honestly say we LOVE it. Our chickens constantly amuse and amaze us. It is true what everyone says about chickens. They do have their own personalities. Some are docile and welcome a petting or being picked up. While others squawk and carry on every time I enter the coop.
We now average about 15 eggs per day, and daily egg collection has become another routine chore here at the Farm. We are looking forward to the day that our 2 Americauna hens start laying. They lay blue and green pastel eggs. If anyone is interested in getting some chickens, we have started offering consultation and set up in the middle Tennessee area. Be sure to check out our website gigisorganic.com and follow us on FaceBook. Plan it well…Plant it well…Planet well!