Thursday, February 11, 2016

Lay Some Eggs Already!

When we started raising chickens, I bought our first chickens at a local farm store. They were so cute in the bins, that I just had to have them. Truckin' Man supported this decision. The chicks were a hybrid, and were fantastic chickens. They were excellent layers, great personalities, but one big clique.  When we tried introducing other breeds, or sexes, to the flock, the ladies weren't having any of that. A couple other small issues, made me want to try some "true" breeds.

I have come to learn that there are advantages to the hybrid chickens. They lay eggs in the winter.
Today's ladies, while pretty and all, don't lay much for eggs. We have 16 hens, and we are lucky if we get 2 eggs a day. Just enough to keep me from having to buy eggs. But, no eggs to share or sell. 

Just enough eggs to keep these chickens from ending up in the fryer. 

I know when the temperatures warm, and we finally get some days of sunshine, egg production will resume. Until then, we will appreciate what eggs these little beauties leave for us.

What about you? What do you think about the hybrids versus the true breeds?

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  1. my brother got a mix of hybrids and true breeds, and i think he's pleased with the mix. it's so funny to think of chickens as having cliques. :)

  2. I'm a city girl and eggs come in a carton from the store! Don't they? Kris, you always are a delight to read. Have a great weekend. We are in the high 70s - 80 for the next few days. Your hens would love it here.

    Wishes for tasty dishes (and more eggs),

  3. They are pretty, but they better get to work! ;-)

  4. I enjoy reading about your farm. Someday, we hope to find some land in the country as well. I hope to have some chickens too. :-)

  5. I don't know anything about chickens. My sister in law had some a few years ago and I knew their egg laying was slow in the Winter. I love seeing the pictures though, beautiful!