Last Wednesday, we added chickens to our homestead! You know me, for months I researched, studied, and asked all the advice I could on raising hens. The benefit of free range eggs coupled with the serenity of a docile breed would add so much experience and atmosphere to our growing farm. Despite the information I have learned, I never seem to gain any true knowledge until I jump in and begin my journey. Which, for me, can be overwhelming. Sometimes, too much information is not so good...
We have 10 Buff Orpingtons. Nine layers and one rooster. The rooster is a pretty good guy. He takes care of his ladies, calling them into the hen house every night and leading them out every morning. He is not aggressive towards any of us, and is the most calm, relaxed rooster I've ever met. Thank goodness.
Although we have enjoyed watching them, feeding them, even cleaning up after them, I still haven't gotten any eggs. But who can blame them. They were moved on Wednesday, on Thursday we left them all day for Thanksgiving, on Friday our neighbor took down a couple of trees and cut them up with a chainsaw, on Saturday, my husband had two trees taken down and cut up in our yard (an all day event), and on Sunday and Monday, my husband worked on their hen house. They don't seem to appreciate much that's gone on around here. HOPEFULLY, I will have eggs sometime soon!
I will keep you updated on our progress, but so far, chickens are a lot easier to keep up with than I thought they'd be!