It has been a while since I wrote about our chickens that we got for eggs back in April from McMurray Hatchery. I’m happy to report that we’re now getting fresh eggs, every day from our backyard chickens!
We’re currently averaging about 7 eggs a day. We have 11 hens of laying age, and I believe 9 of them are now laying. So, 7 eggs a day is pretty good!
The reason I don’t think the other 2 are laying yet is because, unlike the other 9, they don’t squat when we approach them. It’s amazing how easy it is to catch the chickens to put them up now that they’re laying. They used to run away when we approached them. Now when you get close to them, they squat down.
I assumed it was because they were protecting the egg they were creating. However, I read that it’s how hens submit to roosters when they approach. Now that we no longer have a rooster (he started crowing when the hens started laying, so now he’s in our freezer because we’re not allowed to have a rooster), the hens submit to us.
I thought the eggs we got at the Farmer’s Market tasted so much better than those from the grocery store. But the eggs from our chickens are infinitely better! The yolks are bright orange, they stand up and they have amazing flavor.
What you feed your chickens truly does make a difference. Ours eat an organic, non-GMO diet of table scraps, non-GMO chicken feed (our local feed store finally started carrying Scratch & Peck so I no longer have to drive off the mountain for an Azure Standard pickup), mealworms from our worm farm and whatever they can scavenge from outside. They also get supplemental oyster shell as a calcium supplement.
If you can have chickens where you live, I highly recommend getting at least 2-3. They are so much fun, the girls get to see where their food comes from and it’s so awesome to have fresh eggs, every day!