Our laying hens are just so darn cute! A few weeks ago (once they had all their feathers on) we moved them out of their chick home in the barn. Now they are up in our chicken house, complete with outdoor run.
We are raising Buff Orpingtons and Golden Star laying hens. Both of these breeds will lay medium sized brown eggs. We are not sure when they will start laying eggs. Most hens begin to lay eggs when they are between 20-24 weeks old. This lands us in the middle of winter. Hens will slow and sometimes stop their egg production in the winter, unless you provide a lot of artificial light.
Our chicken house is bedded with sawdust and straw. There is a multi-tier structure and windows to let in sunlight. Inside the house are feeders and waters which are cleaned and filled twice daily. Our hens have access to an outside run during the day, which is guarded by a three foot tall electric netting fence. (We don’t want those nasty neighbor dogs to get these chickens too). At night the hens will roost inside and we close their door to protect them from predators.
Here are some laying hen facts:
- On average a hen will lay one egg per day.
- There is no nutritional difference between brown and white eggs. Only a hen’s diet can change the nutritional content.
- A male (rooster) doesn’t need to be present for a hen a ovulate (lay an egg).
- All chickens are omnivores and will eat bugs, small reptiles , veggies and grains.
- According to scientists in England, the chicken came before the egg
When our hens start laying we are going to have about 30 eggs a day! We are currently looking for clean (can be used) egg cartons. We will gladly take any that you have. 🙂
Zweber Farms is a 4th generation family operated organic dairy. We also specialize in sustainably raised beef, pork and chicken and sell it directly to customers in Minnesota.Visit our website to learn more, http://www.zweberfarms.com