Eggs!

For the past year or so, we’ve been getting eggs from my parents, who have chickens. But now… let the fun begin! Danny found two eggs today.

They’re rather small, as far as eggs go, but the chickens will give us larger and larger eggs. I am dreaming of the days when I have enough eggs to make Quiche, angel food cake, sponge cake, massive family size omelets…

The chickens are no longer in their tractors. Instead, they all live in one of our back goat pens. The poor Freedom Ranger rooster gets picked on by everyone, including the Freedom Ranger hen. But now I only have to feed and water them, not move them. And they’re worth the time since they give us eggs!

Such good little chickens we have!

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Freedom Rangers

The Freedom Ranger chicks from Freedom Ranger Hatchery are about 4 1/2 weeks old now.  We had one smother on a cool night the first week when they all piled together, but have had no fatalities from other causes.  They’re eating and pooping like crazy and growing faster than I ever imagined.  They’ve nearly caught my Barred Rock/Black Australorp chicks that are 2 months older.

The Freedom Rangers are a four way hybrid which means they come from roosters hybridized from two breeds, and hens hybridized from two others.  The Rangers will reproduce, but their offspring will not share the same characteristics. Continue reading Freedom Rangers