Free Range Eggs
Our chickens are ahead of schedule with some of them already laying.
Our chickens 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. A yoke usually gets paler the older the egg is. We have mostly brown egg layers, 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 soy free and non medicated, feed. Instead of feeding daily with medicated 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 focus on making their living conditions in the coop as healthy as possible, and use things like diatomaceous earth to keep mites and bugs away. We have also started growing our own, organic meal-worms in order to be able to offer them a healthy protein rich snack, and over the winter month they also get to snack on sprouted greens which they all love!
True to our idea about being a small but bio-diverse farm we are choosing a variety of different kinds of produce. Take our “mini- orchard” for instance; We planted apple and peach trees in the fall of 2019. Among the apples trees we have Gala, McIntosh, Jonathan, Honeycrisp and Fuji.
Our 6 peach trees all have lose pits, meaning that they should be easy to take the pit out of if you will use them for cooking. We have Elberta, Reliance and Hale Haven Peaches.
We also planted 4 blueberry bushes and added one more that supposedly thrives in a pot.
This winter we will plan for the 2020 growing season so stay tuned. All I know for certain is that we are growing a variety of tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, squash, pumpkins carrots, potatoes, beans, salad greens and herbs.
Update: Our soil needs WORK. It basically consists of only a few inches of top soil, and then CLAY. It is also super alkaline. Solution: Spring of 2020 we will grow our produce in straw bales and pots, stay tuned.