Did you know that chickens do not come from eggs...
they come from the post office. yep, they arrive in a little box that peeps all the way home.
We have 30ish chickens. Mostly hens, and a usually a rooster or two. The roosters are loud, and do their very best to out LOUD each other. They crow in the morning, anytime someone new comes around, a big bug is found by someone other then them, or what the heck, just because they feel like it! Personally we enjoy it, and much to our surprise our neighbors seem to too, especially when we share the eggs. You just haven't lived until you cook a fresh egg that you plucked from under a hen that morning. A deep orange yoke, with a creamy rich flavor!!! Yummy! They are very easy to care for and very entertaining! Most of our chickens are rare breed chickens, that come in fancy colors with rather silly hair do's. But we also have some industrial strength brown egg layers and some of the Peruvian blue and green egg laying Araucana. We are hoping to add to the flock this spring, maybe even crazier looking birds! My husband keeps eyeballing the roosters hackle feathers to use for flies for fly fishing, and I am afraid I may come home to a coup that is not quit as LOUD, one of these days. They truly are big fun, loud, but fun!
How do chickens and alpacas get along?
Great! The chickens eat the snails that can potentially carry the meningeal worm virus!....So, they have that going for them, plus they seem to provide extra exercise and entertainment, as the alpacas like to chase the chickens. I once watched one of our males individually chase each chicken into the coop, kicking, jumping and snorting the whole time, he was having a hoot & holler of a good time doing it!
Of course chicken poop is entirely another story. While it makes a fantastic fertilizer they are not at all shy about where they poop. They poop on everything, and unless you are diligent about keeping the waters and feed buckets clean, and I mean a good scrub, it is probably not for you.
It really helps that our chickens have a coop separate from the barn. Which means a whole lot less poop in the barn, in fact it is rare that I find a chicken's 'whitecap" in a feed bin. And, regardless of having, nice, hand-built-to-specification, laying boxes in the coop, they lay their eggs all over the place, in the corners of the stalls, in hay bags, under bushes & sometimes even in the middle of the driveway.
Fortunately they do not poop when they are laying. It is like Easter egg hunting everyday! To me fun, to you well, only you know the answer...
Interesting Chicken & Egg Facts & Recipes!