We keep chickens because we like fresh eggs. Eggs in the store can be up to a year old. Our chickens are Free Range. We only lock them up at night. Free Range Chickens are great since they eat insects are vermin like grasshoppers, scorpions, snakes, and mice.
We lock them up at night to protect them from predators like raccoon, skunks, coyotes, and owls. So our Chicken House is strongly built. It is actually a Chicken Barn using Stick Frame Construction. The Roost Area is 8X8 feet with a dividing wall for possible separation. We also have a 20x30 foot Chicken Run for raising chickens and the like.
We have a number of different chicken breeds.
The Australorp Breed was developed in Australia at the end of the nineteenth century with Black Orpington stock from England. The breed also has genes from Rhode Island Red, White Leghorn, Langshan and Minorca crosses. The purpose of the breed was as a “utility” chicken for both high egg production and meat.
The Rhode Island Red is an American breed of chicken (Gallus gallus domesticus). It is a utility bird, raised for meat and eggs, and also as a show bird. It is a popular choice for backyard flocks because of its egg laying abilities and hardiness.
Rhode Island Whites arose from the work of J. Alonzo Jocoy of Peacedale, Rhode Island, which began in 1888. Developed through crosses of Partridge Cochins, White Wyandottes, and the rose comb type of White Leghorn, it was solidified as a breed by 1903. It was first accepted into the American Poultry Association's Standard of Perfection in 1922. Moderately popular up until the 1960s, it is now a relatively rare fowl. It is listed on the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy as a breed to watch, with less than 3,000 birds known to have existed circa 2003. Like most standard breeds, it also appears in a bantam variety.
Silkie chickens are believed to have originated from China. Their fluffy feathers, black bones and skin ensure that they are almost always kept as pet chickens for eggs. In Europe and Australia, there are both standard size silkie chickens and bantam Silkies.Apr 18, 2011
The White Rock is a foundation of the modern industrially produced broiler. The Barred Plymouth Rock earned its huge popularity as a dual-purpose breed. A hardy bird even in cold weather, it is also docile, tame, and active. Both cocks and hens have an upright carriage and are graceful, stylish birds.
Wyandottes are a favorite amongst backyard flock owners for their dependable egg laying, easygoing nature, hardiness, and the great variety of beautiful feather patterns available. Silver Penciled, Golden Laced, Blue, Columbian and White Wyandottes are all rather rare.
The Ameraucana breed was derived from blue egg laying chickens, but they do not have the breeding problems inherent to Araucanas. In addition, rather than ear tufts, they have muffs and a beard, and are very hardy and sweet. They lay eggs in shades of blue, and even have blue (or "slate") legs.
Our Farm Chickens