So, don’t tell Jasper, but I maaaaay have reserved an order of 15 baby chickens, to be delivered at the end of May. Because what family of four doesn’t need more than a dozen eggs daily?!
Our three current hens are getting older – they’ll be three this year, and unfortunately we just don’t expect to get as many eggs out of them in the months and years to come. It is definitely time to add some fresh ladies (and perhaps a gentleman?) to the flock.
Keeping to our goal of eating primarily what we produce ourselves, more eggs daily are going to be important: frozen quiche for those nights when I really don’t want to cook; scrambled eggs to give us oomph in the morning; egg salad for lunch just because it’s delicious. We would also like to find a way to donate eggs to the less fortunate, as a small way of doing more good in the world.
Flower, our Buff Orpington, spent most of last summer being broody, and I expect her to do the same this summer. She’s just the type of lady who would rather be taking care of eggs than laying them. One of my plans is to surreptitiously sneak a few babies under her, under cover of darkness, so that she can raise them herself. I think we would all love that, especially Flower.
For the rest of the many, many chicks I will have, a pen in the laundry room will have to suffice. I was so excited to find out this morning that I won a Brinsea Ecoglow 20 chick brooder from Amy Fewell at The Fewell Homestead! Keeping those 15 babies warm will be so much easier now!
I chose chicks mostly based on looks alone – how pretty and/or adorable they will be as fully grown chickens means a lot to me, apparently – but a few I got based on their purported egg production. In no particular order, this is what I reserved:
- Buff Chantecler (good winter layer)
- White Sultan (pretty)
- Golden Laced Wyandotte (pretty and a good layer)
- Golden Buff (good layer)
- Dark Brahma (pretty, and a winter layer)
- Light Brahma (pretty, and a winter layer)
- Blue Orpington (so pretty, good layer and I just love Orpingtons!)
- Blue Cochin (fluffy and cute!)
- Partridge Cochin (fluffy and cute!)
- Silver Laced Cochin (fluffy and cute!)
- Salmon Faverolle (good layer)
- Swedish Flower Hen (good layer, pretty and Swedish)
- Silver Gray Dorking (pretty and sweet)
- Speckled Sussex (pretty)
And last, but not least, a Blue Laced Red Wyandotte rooster. Because. So handsome.
So, yes, that is happening. The flock will be getting a good deal bigger and I am very excited! Now I just need to figure out how to sneak some goats into our lives …