one of the most rewarding projects since moving to our little farm has been to raise our own flock of laying hens. i was not prepared for how incredibly wonderful farm fresh eggs really are! i always thought an egg was an egg. not true! our fresh eggs are so rich and thick, the yolk is a brilliant yellow. they also make my baked goods so much better.
this is our chicken coop which i call the "taj mahal"! when mark agreed to build me a coop, i think he had something else in mind. the plans i choose ended up being quite costly and involved, but it is really nice with a separate feed storage room, a door to the nesting boxes, windows, side flaps that open for easy cleaning, and of course, a window box, that was my idea. ;o)
this is part of our little flock consisting of 5 old layers, and about 25 new chicks. i love seeing a lot of color out in the yard so we always keep a variety of chickens: rhode island reds, plymouth barred rocks, buff, white, and partridge rocks, silver-laced wyandotes, and araucanas.
nesting boxes with fresh straw
we are beginning to find a few small eggs in the nesting boxes, about 2/3's the size of our regular eggs, so we knew they were from our new spring chicks...but which ones? B solved the mystery when she came in yesterday holding the still warm egg against her cheek. she had witnessed it being laid by one of the silver-laced wyandotes!
everyday gift: eggs in my basket