Chickens: the gateway farm animal.
After reading The Small-Scale Poultry Flock by Harvey Ussery, I knew I had to get chickens! Starting out with six laying hens helped me realize that I could take on the challenge of raising them, and I began to fall in love with poultry!
Today we have a beautiful collection of heritage chickens, with my favourite being the Buckeye breed. The hens are so sweet, and their beautiful copper colour brings the Little Red Hen to mind. The Roosters are docile, even with children in the coop/yard with them everyday.
We buy our day-old chicks from our neighbour, Michelle, who is incredibly well researched when it comes to her birds and collects heritage breeds from across the country with only the best genetics. I feel truly blessed to have her so close!
We never like to waste or cause unnecessary harm to any animals. For this reason we eat our roosters, butchering them in the fall and enjoying and appreciating their sacrifice well into the cold winter months. Throughout the year, our hens keep us in good supply of the most colourful, beautiful, and delicious eggs on the planet (yes, I am a little biased about our eggs). Our chickens eat a unique blend of legumes, peas, grain, alfalfa, seeds, flax, lentils, and grasses (hay in the winter) grown just down the road. Their yolks are a lovely deep orange, full of all the benefits of nutritious produce.
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