Just look at the difference in how this store-bought egg looks next to our organic, farm-fresh egg! The shells and the inner membrane are noticeably stronger, and I've never seen that orange yolk color in a store egg before!
We've found that in addition to their feed and grazing around the yard, they like cooked bean seeds, corn on the cob, grapes and bananas. It's so funny to watch them scramble for handouts, then try to hold it and run to safety before another one tries to steal it. It's sheer entertainment, I tell you!
Each of the older kids took two to name. Diddles calls them all "key-keys". We have to remind her to be nice and not chase and terrorize them, so she'll call them "key-keys...friends."
|(left to right) Red Round, Lilly, Blue Sailor and Ella|
Yaks we found wasn't as creative as we thought, and ended up naming them the same names as his friend Peter's chickens: Blue Sailor and Red Round. Boo named hers Ella and Lilly. Classic. I've got to say that Ella (the blonde) is about the sweetest chicken you'll ever meet. I think she's at the bottom of the pecking order, but she'll even let you hold her! Don't ask me why you would want to hold a chicken, but Josh and the kids think it's fun. Just wash your hands, please!
When we do let them out of their chicken yard, they seem to like to travel around in a loose pack. They peck and scratch and take dirt baths between the tomato cages and have done a nice job keeping the weeds down in there! They are really beautiful chickens. I know Blue Sailor is a Barred Rock variety, Ella is a Buff Orpington and the other two are some sort of Rhode Island Red variety.
The coop is pretty awesome. It's enormous, and they built it in the same design and color as our house, which is so cool!
The kids have done a great job (so far) of caring for the chickens and feeding them and making sure they have water. Collecting eggs is like an every day treasure hunt and they get so excited to find one! Let's hope the novelty continues when winter sets in!