It’s been a while since I’ve done an update on our chickens, but we now have reason to celebrate: Last week we saw our first egg, and now we’re up to … I think 8, total. We ate some, lol. Nuggets was the first and most consistent layer: Go, Nuggets!
The ROI here will be measured in years, if ever. But the eggs. are. awesome! We did a blind taste test, scrambling up a couple eggs from our girls and a couple of regular store-bought eggs. Everyone in the family could tell the difference — and preferred the fresh.
I guess these are classified as cage free, but not technically organic eggs, because the chickens aren’t fed organic feed. Here they are eating some conventional vegetable scraps, too — but they’ve been great helps in not wasting produce that starts to go bad and things like celery leaves, the kernels left over after the kids eat corn on the cob, carrot peelings, and more. (OK, like the fresh cranberries I bought and forgot to ever make…!)
Our chickens aren’t pets, but they’re friendly and don’t mind being held — Fingers here actually loves it, and will go running up to MashupDad for some attention.
MashupDad built a nice gate onto the run so that we can give them scraps easily and otherwise interact with our fine feathered friends when they’re out enjoying the sunshine. So far, so good! We’ve had a hawk hanging around in the tree eying them and a coyote has passed through a time or too, but nothing’s yet gotten into the run other than one very panicked squirrel that then couldn’t find his way back out.