...just kidding, but it's starting to feel that way a little bit. I have a strange love for chickens that started at a very young age with a pet that I adopted from my parents' chicken coop. It was a baby chicken and I named her Brown Sugar. I seriously have talked about that chicken pretty much my whole life. Ask anyone that knows me well. It's a strange fascination that I am pretty sure I inherited from my mother, because she's chicken crazy too. :) For some reason, Dylan is entertaining this obsession and it's actually working out well for our farm.
Right now we have 28 chickens in the moveable coop and approximately 29 in the brooder (which is in the seed room in the barn). We just ordered 25 more that will arrive during the week of October 17th. When all is said and done and they're all laying, we'll have around 40 dozen eggs to sell each week. CHALLENGE accepted. :) (I'm actually REALLY nervous about selling this many eggs...so please start telling all your friends about it now. Hopefully by spring we'll build enough interest to sell them!!)
Dylan keeps saying yes to more chickens lately, which is strange, but he has his reasons. The chickens in the moveable coop are fertilizing the farm and eating bugs that would otherwise end up in the garden. As the weather cools, we can move them closer to the beds (there's no shade up front so they can't be out there during the hot months) and it will help even more. We also compost the bedding, etc. to use as fertilizer for the gardens. The new chickens will be going in a coop in the barn, which was just started today. This will allow the 50 or so chickens to roam around the goat and sheep pastures during the day and control the parasites that may be in the pastures.
So as I see it, this is a win/win for everyone involved. I have a ton of chickens, our customers have a ton of eggs and Dylan has parasite and pest control, along with fertilization and added income/interest to the farm!! I love chickens!!
(picture borrowed from http://www.nyc-photo-gallery.com/Poster_Animals-Chickens.html)
Dylan and Harmony, whichever of us have the time to sit down and write for a few minutes. : )