“With a few flowers in my garden, half a dozen pictures and some books, I live without envy.”
Friday, February 17, 2006
Meanwhile, back at the farm...
..our araucana chickens have finally kicked into full production mode, and just in time, too! The farmer's market starts in April and organic eggs sell quite well.
Other vendors, though, offer only brown and white eggs. That's why I picked the auraucanas, which lay green, pink and brown eggs.
The chicken tractors - moveable coops - allow us to "free range" the chickens without the fear of predation. Several times a day we move the "tractors" around our property. The chickens forage for insects, eat weeds and grass and reward us with excellent, high-quality eggs. Unfortunately, if one of the kids drops an egg on the way back in the house, the corgis are quick to claim that reward. Today, it was Sport who was the lucky recipient of our clumsiness.
Two of the hens, who are allowed to take their chances and truly free range, have become quite tame, thanks to Alex and Lucas. Above, Alex is shown holding Bedelia and Lucas is shown feeding Bedelia and Jane.