Fresh Eggs, Every Day, from Our Backyard Chickens

by Chrystal Johnson on October 29, 2013

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backyard-chicken-eggsIt 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!


About Chrystal Johnson

Chrystal, publisher of Happy Mothering, is a mother of two sweet girls who believes in living a simple, natural lifestyle. A former marketing manager, Chrystal spends her time researching green and eco-friendly alternatives to improve her family's life. She enjoys sharing those discoveries with anyone who's willing to listen.

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1 Brittany @ The Pistachio Project
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October 29, 2013 at 2:36 pm

Thanks for the update. I was wondering how things were going. Someday we might get chickens but I’ve got to figure out financially that would work out (like is it more expensive to buy good organic eggs or to raise organic chickens?)
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2 Chrystal Johnson October 29, 2013 at 2:57 pm

I haven’t sat down and crunched the numbers. But, we can only get good eggs here 6 months a year, so having our own chickens is the best bet for us.


3 pinky sade October 29, 2013 at 6:44 pm

Ahhh, love this post! It sounds like so much fun! I would love to rear chickens one day! Hopefully! :) Thank you so much for sharing!


4 Amanda @Natural Living Mamma October 30, 2013 at 8:51 am

How great! I wish we could have chickens. They are against the rules in the city, but we are working to get them legalized!
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