|A chicken named Moldy, who lived a good long life with us after adoption from a factory farm|
All our adult hens lay amazing brown eggs for us. As we eat at least nine eggs per day, from ten hens of various ages this is a stretch. In summer they might lay us nine, but it's more like seven. In winter it's closer to four or five a day, so we buy a few eggs to supplement; I wish we knew someone close by to get them from, but we currently buy from the supermarket or local market.
In order to meet our eggy desires, a flock of 12 hens between ages one and three years is my ideal. We currently have ten adult hens and two female juveniles. The age range is between zero and four years. Well, we're getting there.
|Big girl chick, tiny boy chick (same age!)|
Their eggs are beautiful as a result of their diet and lifestyle: big orange yolks, lovely hard shells. They never last longer than 24 hours in our house. When I collect them in the afternoon I always thank my lovely chickies and tell them what a good job they've done.