Friday, January 7, 2011

It never gets old

I still get a thrill every time the girls lay eggs.  We've had them for a year and a half and they've been laying for well over a year.  It still makes me so happy to collect eggs.  There is something so satisfying about having chickens.  They're always happy to see me, especially if I have leftovers for them.  This time of year they are extra grateful for those treats since they aren't on pasture.

My plan had been to get some more layers in the spring.  That has been put off with the move.  The hens we have now will be with us until the fall and then they'll likely be butchered.  We'll get more hens when we get our new house.  I'll really miss those wonderful eggs, along with the hens that laid them. 

If you have the ability to have chickens, I would encourage you to do so.  They are so easy to care for.  Personally, I think they're easier than the dog.  He is cuter and snugglier though. 

6 comments:

Kerryanne Cummins said...

Hi Heather. If you decide you do not want to butcher them and would like to give them a home where they can continue to lay eggs, we would take them! Our hens are getting old and we need some younger ladies! Where are you looking to move?

Mrs.Rabe said...

We have two chickens right now, but are going to get more this spring. We really love having them and love the eggs!

The Mom said...

Kerry, that may actually be a wonderful option.

Mrs Rabe, you should get more. They're awesome aren't they?

Lorie said...

I would love to have chickens and hubby has offered to build a coop and run. Is it really that easy?

Leigh said...

I agree, chickens are fun and easy and the fresh laid eggs are better than anything one can buy in the store! We're hoping for a broody hen this spring, so that we can hatch a small number of chicks. If we could do that every year, we could keep a good supply of eggs, eventually rotating the oldest hens out.

The Mom said...

Lorie, I really think it's easy. They don't take much actual work. They basically need food, water and to have their eggs collected. With a good solid home, you'd be all set.

Leigh, when we move, I'm hoping to be able to have a rooster and grow our own as well.