Okay, so here we go again getting more chicks. But, we only have ten now, and our limit in the city is twelve. We now have six different breeds of chickens: New Hampshire Red (we believe) (1), Plymouth Barred Rock (1), Buff Orpington (2), Barred Rock (2), Rhode Island Red (3), and one of a different breed which we don’t know. We are really enjoying having chicks, and will really enjoy all the eggs they produce in about 10 months!
And, no, that doesn’t stand for Chicken Protective Services! That is actually the first initial of our hen’s names: Cheep, Peck and Scratch. =) Peck and Scratch lay eggs very similar in color, although Scratch’s eggs are larger. And Cheep is the one who lays the brown eggs.
It’s fun be a suburban chicken farmer!! You get eggs, entertainment right in our own backyard and pest/bug control all for free. They feed off of bugs, grass and a lot off the compost we generate. So, hey, why not have chickens in the city? And, if you have enough of them (the limit for our city is 12), you can share eggs with your neighbors. They may not be too happy about their neighbor having chickens, but after receiving free eggs they may change their mind!
I took this video tonight while looking for the latest egg. Apparently, only one of our chickens actually lays eggs (the youngest one). The egg I found tonight is the fourth egg so far. Once our chicks grow up (in about 10 months), we’ll have more eggs per day.
Something very exciting happened at our suburban homestead last night: we found our very first egg laid by our chickens! Watch the video below for more details and pictures. =)