Our girls are almost 6 months old now… which means we’ll have fresh organic eggs very soon.
While they do have a run, we’ve chosen to let them free-range during the day, although we do supplement with organic grains and kitchen scraps.
It’s been a crazy dry and hot summer.
We’ve found that they do not wander very far from the hen house. This is a view from inside our front door. I love it when they come to visit.
They typically go no further than 100 yards away from their ‘home’. And, thankfully, we haven’t had any losses.
We started out with 18 hens, and then we bartered or sold 9 of them. We simply didn’t have it in us to put them in the freezer as we had originally intended. They had become beloved pets before we even realized that it had happened. I know. This could be a problem if it becomes a habit around here. We’re working on it. It’s still our first year on the homestead after all. We’ll do better next time. I’m thinking meat and dairy goats will be the next addition to the homestead. Hopefully, it will happen this fall.
This is by far girls’ favorite spot. It has a comfortable fence for roosting and my (now scraggly) herb garden for scratching and dusting.
It’s such a joy to be able to watch these girls scratch around the homestead. They’re amazing creatures. Really, they are.
And have I mentioned the eggs? We’re really looking forward to those eggs!
Here’s a wonderful source if you’re interested in having a few girls in your very own backyard: