I tried fresh eggs from a friends backyard chickens. Not only were the eggs a beautiful array of colors, they were absolutely delicious too! The yolks were a vibrant yellowish orange color. It was then that I did some research on the nutritional value of farm fresh eggs versus store bought eggs that I was blown away. I vowed from that day on my family would only eat farm fresh eggs. What took me by surprise was the emotional and educational benefits of raising backyard chickens. We truly love our birds. My 3 children named all 32 hens and 4 roosters. This blog is about our chicken raising journey – the good, the bad and the ugly.
Looking back on deciding whether or not to buy our farmhouse brings me to tears of laughter. My son Tyler was 7, my daughter Natalie was 5 and my younger son Ryan was 3. We were on our way home from swim lessons and the kids were excitedly discussing a house we were possibly going to buy. The property had a pretty barn with two horse stalls in it. They were talking about living on a farm.
Ryan all excited said “we should get a cow so we could squeeze his penis to get milk”
Natalie correcting her little brother says “Ryan….the milk comes from the gutters not the penis”
Tyler correcting his little sister says “Natalie….its utters not gutters!”
After a slight pause, Ryan asks in a very curious way – then where is the penis??
Soon that pretty white barn would be ours. I had every intention of turning it into a really cool game room or fitness center. Little did I know it would become home to many different kinds of welcomed and unwelcomed animals.
I wrote this post back in September of 2015, but never posted it. Our beloved Silkie was tragically taken from us by a hawk strike in September of that same year. For weeks her babies stood under the tree where she was taken and waited for her to return. For the remainder of their lives these three chick siblings stuck together until they too were tragically taken by a hawk strike.
Tending to our new chicks made me think of Silkie and her babies. They were the most adorable little chicken family. Silkies babies were so lucky to have the natural warmth of their mothers body and silky soft feathers to cozy under. These 50 new chicks only have the warmth of the heat lamp and each other. These day old chicks do not have a Momma Chick to teach them all the things that Silkie so lovingly taught her babies.
Now for the original post…
Our little mother hen had done her job well. In June of 2015, Silkie faithfully sat on three eggs for 21 days. On the 21st day all three chicks successfully hatched.
It was an absolute joy to watch Silkie raise her chicks. Since Silkie arrived at our little farm she was the very last in pecking order, mainly due to her size. After becoming a mother this once picked on little Silkie was now a force to be reckoned with. You might say her Momma Bear came out! Once pecked on herself, Silkie would protect her chicks at all costs. This tiny Silkie would even chase the cats away from her chicks.
Below are some photos of Silkie and her babies.💜💜💜💜
If you take the time you can find LOVE in everything…
Thank you Worst Cooks in America for inspiring my kids. After watching the show all three of them begged me for an egg poacher and aprons. I caved on the egg poacher, but I think they deserve the aprons now. They made me Eggs Benedict with homemade hollandaise sauce with our hens eggs. Delicious!!!
The image above is a flyer my daughter put in all of our neighbors mailboxes. Below is the wording. I am so proud of her. Throughout the summer months we have enjoyed growing our own fruits and vegetables and bartering our eggs for vegetables and scones. We have become even more connected to our neighbors, if that is possible. I must say we really have an awesome neighborhood.💕
My mom and I have come up with a fun way to stay heathy and to connect more with nature. This is optional so don’t feel like you have to do it if you don’t want to. Now let me get to the point everyone may choose to grow a food if you already do that’s great you can just use that fruit or vegetable for trading. ”Trading?” Your probably thinking, well yeah trading everyone who participates will trade there cash crop with other families as if each family was one of the 13 original colonies. When: Every Sunday afternoon in the Summer. Where: The Hough’s front yard. What to bring: Your crop and an empty bag or basket. If your crop is not successful just bring your SMILES. If you would like to grow your own food and trade it fill out the bottom and if you don’t want to please fill it out any way. One last thing, a great place to buy vegetable and fruit plants, fruit tree and flowers is Copia it is also a great place to visit I love it and I know you will too! Please put all filled out forms in the 140 Highfield Road mailbox. THANKS!
Circle your answer
Yes, my family will be participating
No, my family will not be participating
My family will be growing____________________,____________________ and____________________.
As I made dinner the other night I was admiring the gorgeous heart my daughter was coloring. It was not until the next morning that I read her beautiful words – I Love You World and Everything You Hold.
Her words are the best Mother’s Day gift a Mother could ever receive. My hopes and dreams for all my children is that they continue to see the world this way.
Please scroll down to view the world through my daughter’s eyes.
We welcomed 12 Chicks to our flock.