(updated Saturday, April 30, 2022)
> Chickens first came to our farmette in 2005. The chicklets included leghorns and araucanas. “Sophie“, a smaller araucana, laid a small greenish egg. Her personality and willingness to enjoy life despite challenges within a flock environment caused her to become Spouse’s favorite hen.
> Another araucana, “Braveheart“, preferred sleeping outside on the covered roof of the henhouse’s entrance door to avoid sibling arguments over sleeping arrangements on inside roosts. There was no need to pity her for sleeping outside the whole year through; she had a peaceful rest each night and her coat of feathers was the prettiest of the flock.
Frisbee Fowl Focus (Spring, 2022):
> Young adult sex-link hen,”Red“, joined the farmette in 2018. She enjoys hanging out in the Son-of-Barn Henhouse pasture with three “siblings” that came with her from the Friedensburg area when Howard, a friend of Farmer Tom’s, needed to find a home for his “girls”. Red lays a brown egg.
> Six-year-old Bantam roo, “Boots“, and seven-year-old bantam hen, “Doodle“, have the privilege of roaming the whole farmette during the day. These small feathered-leg bantams enjoy the freedom although we know there are risks from hawk attacks or other unseen dangers. During hot summer months, Boots and Doodle enjoy resting beneath a large weigela bush, away from trouble and heat.
> Eggs contain some heart-healthy substances: protein, vitamins B12 and D, riboflavin, folate, antioxidants and unsaturated fats. The cholesterol concern continues to be debated but the bottom line seems to indicate eggs served with salsa and a whole-wheat English muffin is a far different meal than eggs with cheese, sausages, home fries and white toast.
> The shortest ology (study of) word is oology, the study or collecting of birds’ eggs. (this information was originally shared with us by our now North Carolina researcher, Nicole, in 2008)
> Chickens enjoy toys. We once hung ball cages containing greens inside our chicken runs. The chickens preferred pecking at the swinging balls rather than searching the ground for a treat.
…..A chicken’s gotta do what a chicken’s gotta do and life is more fun when there’s a challenge or two.
> Did you know that egg yolks of eggs produced from contented, pasture-fed hens are brighter in color and tastier than eggs produced from forced, commercially-raised hens? Chick it out!