Backyard Chickens

On May 20, 2015

We have been adding to our family of chickens and learning a lot about them.

We started out several years ago with your “regular” chickens, you know, the kind that lay plain old eggs. Over time, we have come to learn there are so many different types of chickens and each one has a specific character trait as well as egg.

We also decided to move our coop to a larger section of fenced yard. Not only do the chickens have their coop, which was also improved, but they are now “free range” and have lots of room to walk around and eat grass, bugs and basque in the sunshine. :)

Our recent additions are the Ameraucana which produces beautiful blue eggs, Light Brahma’s which produce large brown eggs, Cuckoo Maran’s which produce GORGEOUS, dark chocolate brown eggs, Buff Orpington’s which produce large, light brown eggs and Silkies which lay small, light cream colored eggs.

In addition to chickens, we purchased quail and 2 baby ducks. The quail lay small speckled eggs and the ducks, when old enough, will lay black eggs.

On Mother’s Day, I tried my first quail eggs. I was afraid to try them at first, fearing they would taste too different for my liking, and I was pleasantly surprised. My husband fried them (over medium) and served me three alongside our backyard raised sausage. They were delicious!!  They did not taste much different than chicken eggs. They actually tasted BETTER! They are also VERY Good for you. The quail egg contains 13% protein which is 2% more than a regular chicken egg. They also have significant amounts of Vitamin A and B2, boost immunity, cleanse and restore the body and people who have egg allergies can safely eat quail eggs.

We currently have Quail eggs in an incubator. They are due to hatch in about 2 weeks.

We will keep you posted!!

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