What could be more symbolic of being on the farm than having a bunch of chickens? We will be welcoming a brand new flock of these delightful little birds beginning spring of 2022. And what more? These are going to be very colorful egg layers - from variations of browns, greens, and blues, speckled terra cotta type, and even some with heavy blooms that make the egg appear purple or pink. You won't be finding any basic white eggs at this farm!
4/27/2022: Due to my lack of patience (LOL!), my chick order line up has made a slight change in order to get these birds sooner. While the breeds haven’t changed much, the ordering location has. I’d really like these birds to have plenty of growing time prior to going into winter and potentially seeing the beginning of egg laying by late summer. So, I made the decision to place an order with a local farm store to get the chicks I wanted much earlier.
3/3/2022: They're here! What initially started as a into a trip for sawdust turned into an impromptu purchase of 7 sweet little baby chicks - 4 Silkies and 3 Americanas. The Silkies will (hopefully) act as more of a "pet" variety. And the Americanas should lay beautiful blue eggs.
Our Laying Hens
4 Silkies - also our "mother" hens
Sage (black/dark grey)
4 French Black Copper Marans
4 Salmon Faverolles
Our Meat Birds
3 Black American Bresse
6 White American Bresse
+3 Bonus chicks! Rhode Island Reds?
(LAYER) Pending delivery date:
Week of May 22, from My Pet Chicken
5 Exclusive Blues & Greens Assortment (SR)
2 Buff Orpington (F)
Week of May 22nd from Sky Girl Farm
5 Black Rose Egger (SR)
4 Fibro Blue Easter Egger (SR)
3 Midnight Eggers (SR)
3 Spearmint Eggers (SR)
3 Heavy Blooms (SR)
3 Sterling Egger (SR)
2 White Wheaten Easter Eggers (SR)
2 Fibro Olive Eggers (SR)
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.