THEY ARE AWESOME!
Yes dear reader, my feathered girls are indeed awesome. Just look at the my egg haul today for an example.
Notice something different about one of them? Yes, you picked it, the one at the back right. It’s massive. I couldn’t even close the egg carton.
This egg, which I think was laid by Edwina II, weighs in at 110gm (3.8 oz). That is one of the largest eggs I have seen from one of my ISA Brown hens.
Try getting eggs that large at the supermarket. Not a chance, as they are all graded and exactly the same.
That is just one part of the awesomeness of backyard chooks. Other cool things is that they provide you with abundant manure for your veggie patch, and they demolish any kitchen scraps and turn them into eggs (just like the ones above). Additionally, they are great at weeding and bug control as well as turning over garden beds before planting.
And besides that, you know what they are fed, how they are treated, and you are the one responsible for their welfare. Certainly big responsibilities, but well worth the effort just to watch their crazy antics. They never cease to make me laugh when I feed them in the morning, and tuck them in at dusk.
Backyard Chooks are simply awesome!
What say you? For those of you who have backyard chooks, do you love them like pets or just make sure they are well cared for and give you eggs and meat?
Agreed, I have three chooks and I wouldn’t be without them. Fresh eggs and entertainment in one feathery package!
The chickens we keep for eggs are loved and cared for and treated like pets and most have names. The ones we have had for meat we only kept for that purpose so they were not named. They were still cared for just like our layers but there was no emotional attachment. We would not be with out them by choice and when we sell here and move back to the city we are looking at taking some with us.
We love our chooks too! They are the best. Ouch to that egg 🙂
Jennifer Burk says
I love them all; even the extra roosters that I know will be eaten.
I completely agree Gavin. We have 10 all-sorts and I enjoy all their personalities. I have one atm who is sitting on eggs – somewhere I can’t find the nest. Each morning I put down a separate dish of food for her so she’s back to her eggs quickly. We currently have them all roving around our yard (about 3 ac) and they are very busy all day.