Thursday, January 17, 2013

Chicken Update. And then there was 7...

Having chickens during the winter isn't easy.  We have been lucky so far this year and have had only 1 big snow storm.  This is my chicken house a few weeks ago before we got about a foot of snow.

The last time I wrote about my hens I was having a hard time with the cost of raising backyards chickens.  I had just bought $50 worth of feed and was getting very little if any eggs.  Thankfully that has turned around and I have been getting 4-7 eggs per day from 7 hens.

Yes, only 7 hens is what I have left.  I lost another bird last week.  This bird is the last of my original 9 from the Spring of 2010 when I first started keeping chickens.  My last white Brahma.  I am left with 6 Plymouth Rocks and 1 Rhoade Island Red.

The birds have been laying really well the last few weeks.  Like I said I have been getting 4-7 eggs each day.  I have gotten some pretty interesting eggs as well.  Every once in awhile I get a doozy.  One that when I see it all I can think of is "ouch".  That was this one.

As you can see it didn't even fit into the egg carton.  It was a double yolker, always nice to get one of those. It's like a two for one deal.

This egg was just the opposite   It was about the size of a robins egg.
I am looking forward to Spring and getting some new chicks to add to the family.  I am still researching, trying to figure out just what type of birds I want to get and how many.


  1. chickens are fun, no matter how many you have.

  2. Hi Sara! I am only getting 1-2 eggs daily from 9 hens! Five are only almost 2 years old, the others I don't know. I actually had to buy eggs this past weekend, so I bought organic. They were brown, but the hubs said they didn't taste as good as ours. I enjoy raising chickens for eggs, but I'm not sure the cost of feed evens everything out. Thanks for sharing! Blessings from Bama!

  3. My hens have almost stopped laying too but I expect them to pick up now that the days are longer. As you probably know, it takes 14 hours of daylight for them to lay--and then these heritage breeds have their moulting periods too when they quit laying. I don't think we save any money having chickens, but I like having fresh eggs all the time, being able to go to the coop to get eggs when I need them--and I just like the look of chickens pecking about :) Nice to find your blog.

  4. road island reds are what we have always gone with. They are hardy and good layers.

  5. I guess it's a learning curve when it comes to chickens. It seems like you are getting a lot. Did you see the episode of Doomsday Preppers on NGEO? You can keep the eggs up to a year by dipping them in paraffin wax and covering each egg in newspaper.