When I married a country boy, I should have known that something like this could have happened. But honestly, I never thought I’d be raising chickens for eggs. And now I wonder – does having chickens make me a country girl?
Hubby: Green acres is the place for me. Farm livin’ is the life for me. Land spreadin’ out so far and wide. Keep Manhattan, just give me that countryside.
Me: New York is where I’d rather stay. I get allergic smelling hay. I just adore a penthouse view. Dah-ling I love you but give me Park Avenue.
Hubby: …The chores
Me: …The stores
Hubby: …Fresh air
Me: …Times Square
Hubby: You are my wife.
Me: Good bye, city life.
Us: Green Acres we are there.
Have you ever thought about raising chickens for eggs? We’ve had chickens for about 4 years, but recently added to our brood when a friend lent us her incubator and we hatched chicks. Look how cute they, um…were.
Flash forward a couple of months…here’s one of the roosters enjoying a bite of lunch with my son.
Out of the 7 eggs we hatched, 5 were roosters. They were really cute, but once they started cock-a-doodle-dooing it was time to find them another home. All in total we have 6 hens: Clucky, Nuggets, Wings, Omelet, Leah and Dusk.
What’s that? Why yes, the boys did pick out their names. How did you guess?
This is our greenhouse-turned-chicken-coop we inherited when we bought our house. They spend their days out in the yard tormenting our cats and basically ruling the yard, but at night they go back to the safety of their coop.
The chickens are really friendly and get very excited when we go outside. They run up to us clucking around our feet, saying hello, asking what we’ve been doing, and of course asking if we’ve brought them any yummy apples or veggie scraps.
Here’s a picture of Dusk, who hatched in October. She’s so nosy. She’s the go-to girl for all the latest gossip around the hen house.
See all of the hens gathered around the black and white hen? Her name is Clucky and she’s the bossiest of the hens. She loves telling everyone what to do, and clearly they listen to her.
Oh listen, Clucky and Nugget are telling the girls a joke… Clucky: “Is chicken soup good for your health?” Nugget, “Not if you’re the chicken!”
Ha! I get it! Good one girls!
As you can imagine with 6 hens, we have quite the collection of eggs. Here are some delicious egg recipes you can try!
What are your favorite things to do with eggs?