Our chickens are friendly, curious and we have an ongoing fight with the foxes and hawks, trying to keep hens that are laying eggs in a variety of colors, making for a unique and pretty dozen when collected!
We have also started to breed Swedish Flower Hens. They are still quite rare, native to my parts of Sweden, docile, great foragers, friendly and simply beautiful. I love their variety, from “snow leopards” to the mottled ones and multi coloreds; the Mille Fleur. Each is unique with their flower petal look and each is a wonder. Contact us if you are interested in this breed, we might have some available, as our first have started laying eggs and we have them in the incubator right now.
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! This year I have enforced my fencing, and actually do have tomatoes, peppers, garlic, beans and potatoes coming up. I also moved the blueberry bushes (the 2 that survived the sheep) and planted gooseberry and raspberry bushes. And sunflowers and roses. So many roses. How can you not love roses?
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!!
This year we had a lot of beautiful flowers on our fruit trees. (I wish I could tell you if this was a peach or an apple flower, but I forget which I was taking pictures of!) I’m hoping for more fruit this year. The trees are definitely growing in both height and