I had about 30 chickens over the winter and most of the thirty are only laying eggs a couple times a week if that often. I have at least three or four that don’t lay eggs at all now. I know I should cull and do something with them but I’ve had them for AT LEAST six years if not longer and have gotten attached to them. I don’t get all weepy if one dies of old age or gets snatched up by a fox or hawk but I just can’t seem to let them go into a pot!! Hubby says they’re too old to eat but I think maybe he thinks we just don’t have the strength to chew that long! 😉
Anyway, a neighbor gave us around 12-15 young hens a few months back and my pullets raised from old hens last summer are now laying. We’re getting 24-31 eggs a day.
BUT, I don’t want to go through another winter without fresh eggs again. Store bought eggs just don’t have any “umph”!! In April I took little brother to Tractor Supply and we both fell in love with the tiny fluffs of yellow fuzz and I bought home 12 of them.
Now, they’re half grown pullets and I wanted to get at least 12-15 more to grow up with the ones I have. Hubby built me a wonderful brooder box that holds 12-15 quite nicely and then built a run on stilts for the month old chicks.
He did such a wonderful job and after the babes are out running the farm with the old girls, we can raise some nice rabbits in that run. I love fresh rabbit!! Just don’t tell my future daughter in law!!!!
He made a brooder box as well which we’ve stored away and it’ll be used each year as well.
Here’s the little balls of yellow fluff almost fully grown. All I have to do is do our chicken song and they come running. We only have eight left, two roosters and six hens. Three of the twelve were Cornish Game Hens and they’re in the freezer and last week I lost one of my little hens.
These little ladies should start laying big brown eggs in late October or early November.
My chicks from last year turned out to be most Americauna and lay beautiful green and blue eggs and we get 9-12 of their eggs a day.