News from the Hen House

Cock-a-doodle-doo is not a sound you will be hearing from our hen house any time soon, as our new flock is "ladies only"!
 
Silver lace WyandotteOur new flock of chickens is established and the hens are great winter egg-layers.  We chose special heritage breeds, that could manage our altitude and climate better, such as the "chocolate egg layer" from France the Cuckoo Maran, and the green egg layer called the Americauna, along with the New Hampshire Reds, Silver Laced Wyandottes, Barred Rocks, and Silver Leghorns.  The Silver Leghorns are a very rare breed that were bred for their white egg color, although they produce fewer and smaller eggs compared to the other breeds.
 
The chicks arrived last summer as babies in the mail and their first winter at 10,000 feet has been a great season for egg production.  Our beautiful ladies are laying between 8 and 12 eggs per day.  Their appreciative clucks let us know how very fortunate they feel to have such healthy and sustainably grown food.  Their yolks are deep yellow/orange and their flavor is superb.
 
The hens are fed fresh barley grass from our greenhouse to supplement their grain and pellet feed, which helps keep them healthy, and in turn, we are rewarded with fresh eggs galore! Locals you can call ahead to swing by and purchase a dozen eggs for $5 to help support Beaver Ponds' hen house.
 
Watch for a hen naming contest on
our Facebook page later this month.
 
Thank you for helping sustain our hens and the rest of our domestic animal crew!
 

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