Sunday, September 25, 2011

Backyard Chickens

These are my chickens.  Well, some of them at any rate.  Right now I have 25.  Within the next few weeks I'll be down to about 14, as I will be sending most of the roosters to freezer camp.

Why do I have chickens?  Well, the eggs are incredible.  Really, if you've never tasted a farm-fresh egg, try to find some.  You'll never go back to supermarket eggs.  The chickens eat all sorts of yard pests, like grubs and ticks.  They are very low maintenance- we give them water and food once a day and clean out the coops every few weeks (takes under an hour). They also provide my kids with hours of amusement:

Alex hasn't caught a chicken yet, but that doesn't stop him from trying.  Not that he'd know what to do if he ever actually caught one...

1 comment:

  1. Oh dear memories are coming back. We always got the baby chickens that hatched in first grade. When they are babies Alex can try to teach them how to fly. I can give him instructions. I still remember. I never tried eggs only way I ate them as a kid was with catsup lots. This explains part of my vegetarinism chickens ending up in freezer. I was given green chicken eggs from a Make a Wish family once. I had never seen green eggs.