For my birthday, Abe surprised me with five beautiful hens, which is fantastic, as a homestead just doesn’t seem right without chickens. It’s not only the eggs that we were missing (in fact, our neighbor gave us all the eggs we could use), it’s the scraps. We give some scraps to the dogs, some to the rabbits, and the rest to the Black Soldier Flies, but there have been so many times when I’ve hated giving the BSF something that was made for chickens. And, of course, we now have something other than fish that will eat the BSF grubs!
There was already a chicken pen here, from the previous owner, so we didn’t have to do much to get ready. The chickens are young (about 10 months old), very healthy, tame, and lay a rainbow of eggs. We get between 3 and 4 eggs a day now, and each of them is a different color. We won’t be getting a rooster for the time being, as we don’t really need one yet.