Our Laying Hens At the Farmstead, we have a wide variety of breeds when it comes to our laying hens. This is to provide a beautiful assortment of egg colors to our customers. Shades of blue, green, brown, pink, and some rather interesting combinations make for one very stunning carton. We currently have Americanas (aka "Easter Eggers"), Blue Birchen/Silver Marans, Welsummers, Salmon Faverolles as well as designer breeds from smaller, family ran hatcheries which includes breeds known as the Black Rose Egger, Fibro Blue Easter Egger, Midnight Egger, Spearmint Egger, Heavy Blooms, Sterling Egger, White/Wheaten Egger, and Fibro Olive Egger.
A hen's egg color will not change. She will lay the same color of egg her entire life. Meaning if she lays a blue egg, she won't lay a brown, white, or green egg - ever. What *may* change is the color intensity of her eggs which is commonly seen in the French Black Copper Maran. The eggs will start off as a deep chocolate brown and gradually lighten over course of the laying season.
What are some benefits to owning chickens?
As a horse owner - the pest control! From spiders to flies, even mice and small reptiles are on the menu. Instead of having to constantly spray down the horses down with fly spray, chickens are more than happy to take over the job.
The eggs of course! Different studies have shown that chickens with a much more variable diet produce a much more nutritious egg. And you dry out and powder down the shells to use as added calcium fed right back to the hens or sprinkle it in your garden.
Clean up crew - if you drop any tidbits on the ground, the chickens will be sure to help clean that up for you. And since chickens are omnivores, unwanted leftovers from the kitchen can go to your flock instead of the garbage. Just make sure the leftovers are chicken-friendly.
Manure management - chickens are fabulous little diggers and help spread out manure piles as they rummage for goodies in a rather unappealing way. This helps spread out piles of manure so they dry and breakdown faster.
Free, highly beneficial chicken manure. Poultry is one of the BEST manures out there. The high nitrogen and phosphorus content make it exceptional fertilizer.
Chickens are considerably low maintenance and easy to keep. However - many chicken owners would agree - we do go out of our way to pamper these hard working little birds with extra amenities.
Jack of all trades. Whether it be for eggs, meat, as a pet, or a combination of roles, they are the ultimate (and somewhat underrated) champions of the farm.