My Husband’s family has always kept a few chickens for fresh eggs. When J and I got married we took over the chicken tending. We currently have 20 hens and we are getting about a dozen eggs a day. I sell the extra eggs to ladies in town.
We have had several breeds of chickens over the years. My pullets are Silver Sex Links and started laying September 18th. I also have Black and White Orpington hens. Golden Sex Linked layers have also been in my coop. Due to our long cold winters we need hardy hens and have been happy with all of these breeds.
When we were first married we had a rooster, “Bucky.” Old age got the best of him and he has not been replaced.
Our old hen house is made of cinder blocks. Before the snow flies J goes through and winterizes it. The coop stays pretty cozy for the hens.
The hens lay in wooden nests that J built. There are 4 bedded stalls for them to sit in. A few years ago J’s Mom found some metal nests at a farm auction sale. J and B took out the old wooden nests and hung up the metal ones. The hens did not care for them as we found more eggs on the ground than in the nests.
We feed our girls leftover barley or wheat seed. They also get commercial layer feed and oyster shell. One reason I love having chickens around is to eat up all the table scraps. I also toss all my fruit and vegetable peelings to them. The hens roam the ranch yard in the afternoon and get there fill of bugs too!
Nothing is better than a farm fresh egg! I love having them to bake with. We frequently eat breakfast for dinner. Breakfast Casserole is one of our favorite meals. Make sure to check out my Recipe Box for many delicious baked goods!