Our chickens are friendly, curious and are laying eggs in a variety of colors, making for a unique and pretty dozen when collected!
Our girls forage outside daily, and love company. When I walk around in the yard, I’m now followed by 3 dogs and the chickens! If you have never had a “homegrown” fresh egg you are in for a treat. Other than tasting much better, fresh eggs have a much more brightly colored yoke. Your egg salad will never look pale again! A yoke usually gets paler the older the egg is. We have different shades of brown eggs, from pale cream to dark brown egg, but we also have hens that lay green and blue tinted eggs. (All eggs, no matter the color of the shell, have the same nutrients and taste!)
We feed our chicken only natural non medicated and certified non GMO feed. We choose to prevent and support their health with herbal solutions, like for instance adding a mix of oregano oil and other herbs to their water to combat parasites and support digestive health. We have our own meal worm farm to add good protein to their diet during the winter months along with sprouted grains when they cannot forage for outside.
I had visions of grandeur, wanting to be a biodiverse farm with lots of different kinds of trees and produce.. but I have livestock! The sheep uses our lawn, nibbling on any leafy thing within their reach, including our fruit trees and blueberry bushes. The potbelly pigs decided to break out, and break out, and break out, and once out, to break IN to my garden. They ate my tomatoes, my potatoes, and some of my pumpkins. That was about the gist of my “produce” as I was swamped with caring for sheep that were lambing and pigs that were farrowing during planting time, along with putting up more fencing!
We do have several different apple and peach trees, and one little cherry tree. The on peach we got this first year was truly one of the best tasting peaches we’ve ever had!! My poor blueberry bushes were mostly eaten by the sheep, but I have hopes I can protect them better next year!!
Being a native Swede, I also have both red and green Gooseberry bushes! It’s all about what I like to eat!