The Captain and our son built this chicken ark out of scrap lumber and chicken wire, then painted it with a mixture of all the off-white/yellow paint dibbles left over from other projects. There was some pressure to get this done - our granddaughter is coming to visit next month and she is expecting chickens!!
We found three chickens on Craigslist - two Aracaunas that lay those lovely blue/green eggs and one Polish hen that lays smaller brown eggs. That's the Polish hen above - we named her Lady Gaga for obvious reasons! The Aracaunas are Thelma and Louise. Here's a picture of what those ladies look like because for some reason I don't have a picture of our pair.
We got our birds last Wednesday and as of this morning and they have settled in nicely. (Well, there was that one instance of Lady Gaga literally flying the
The hens have been very busy. Seven eggs in less than four days - not bad for "stressed" chickens!
The color of the inside of the shells is so pretty!
Bright yellow yolks, super-fresh from the ark to our breakfast! Eggs from the Aracuana hens have a slightly higher cholesterol content than most eggs because of their higher ratio of yolk to white. Since we don't really eat that many eggs, I'm not concerned and think the freshness and better quality feed will still make them better for us than commercially farmed ones. We already have people asking for blue eggs, so I don't expect us to go over our "eggs only on the weekend" rule.
Just a thought - never say never. Here I am with chickens in my back yard. What next?