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Friday, November 12, 2010

New Layers!

There is not much in this world more exciting than a new flock of layers. The baby chicks are so cute.  The juveniles are a little ugly as feathers begin to appear, but as they completely feather out they transform into beautiful hens. In the past I have always raised Rhode Island crosses for their prolific egg production. But I am thrilled with the batch we got three weeks ago – 3 Araucanas, 3 Leghorns, 2 Buff Orpingtons, 2 Black Australorps, and 2 Delawares. There is a striking contrast between the breeds. It is a gorgeous flock.  By Easter they will be laying white, brown, and greenish-blue eggs.  If you don’t have layers, I encourage you to improve the quality of your life by getting some. Put a small hen house and run in your back yard.  Buy a few layer chicks. In a few short months you will be eating backyard farm fresh eggs. Feed your hens your table scraps and compost the litter into fertilizer for your garden. They are a great educational project for your children.




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NDScheman said...

Makes me miss my flock!

Cindy said...

Love the video. Our girls are molting now and laying less, but we so enjoy having them anyway.

Looking forward to the increased egg production of spring!