Back Yard Chickens :
Growing up I had pet chickens as a kid, they were a lot of fun to watch and we enjoyed the fresh eggs. Back yard chickens have recently taken off in popularity. Recently Darrick and I decided to get some chickens for the fresh eggs. Chicken breeds are plentiful so you can spend a lot of time doing research to find the right one for you. The main choices are between Meat, Eggs, Appearance and Personality.
Care : Providing a home for two chickens does not require a lot of space we have a 5x3x3 foot cage with a nice size enclosure for them to nest and get out of the weather. Chicken Tractors are another great home for them, they have wheels and are mobile so you can move the coop freely around your yard letting them eat bugs and naturally fertilize your lawn. Make sure they get fresh water and food daily. The food most often used is either a scratch or layer, layer is to provide hens with all the nutrients she needs to lay eggs and scratch is used to help grow and put on weight, another great food source is fruit and vegetable scraps from your kitchen, Your chickens can been seen of a natural way to compost!
We choose frizzle chickens, for their personality and the eggs, these are medium egg layers with a very calm nature, they love being handled and petted. They are also very cool looking with feathers that curl outward. Our chickens are only 6 months old so the hen is not laying reliably right now, it will take a few more months. Fresh eggs are so much better than the ones you get in a store, they even look different, ours have a more richer orange yolk.
Please share your back yard chicken stories with us today! or if you have any questions let us know.