Eggs are essential for baking. We are happy to soon be able to use eggs produced right here on our little farm by our very lucky, happy, spoiled chickens. Our chickens are always treated like family (well, family that sleeps outside, because, man, they are stinky!) We love watching them grow from chicks to full grown layers, and we want to share this journey with our customers!
March 26, 2020
We picked up our chicks at the local feed store. We estimated them to be between one and two weeks old. They were nervous on the drive home.
April 2, 2020
As the chicks grew a little and we were able to tell them apart better, we began naming each of them. Some were names submitted by customers as part of an online contest, some were Green Acres characters, others were named by close friends.
April 7, 2020
As the chicks really started getting comfortable in their new home, they got more and more active. They ate, played, slept and pooped all day and night.
May 7, 2020
It's been a while since an update on our girls! With an unusually cold spring this year, the girls didn't get to be loose outside until the beginning of May. They were scared at first and stayed huddled together. We set up a small enclosure (a chicken "play pen") to keep them safe and took them outside as often as possible.
May 12, 2020
After a few days, they were running, playing and stretching their wings. They couldn't wait to get outside each day!
Get to know a few of our girls
Each chicken really has her own personality. Some of our girls are particularly unique!
Bey is the queen. From early on, she enjoyed being above all the other chickens - the first to use the perch in the brooder, soon graduating to perching on top of the waterer. She is a Brahma, so she is large and in charge and does not put up with any monkey business from the other chicks. She is the most likely to let out a big squawk when another chick gets in her personal space.
Henrietta, a Buff Orpington, thinks she is a pet, and we are completely okay with that. She runs to us when we open the brooder and expects to be petted and held multiple times a day. She began as the runt and always let the other girls scare her away from the food and water. We had to work closely with her to make sure she thrived, so I think we share a special connection. She is our secret favorite.
Billie Jo, a White Plymouth Rock, grew VERY quickly. Unfortunately, she also became the bully of the group. We have to keep a close eye on her as she likes to pick fights with the other chickens, sizing them up by stretching her neck as long as it can go and puffing out her feathers.
Arnold, one of our Easter Eggers, absolutely hates being held, but her beard makes her look so distinguished! She runs and hides under all the other chicks in the brooder when she sees us coming. Once she is outside though, man does she have a blast! Her favorite activity is dancing in the grit pan.