When my husband told me he was getting 14 chickens to raise this last spring I thought he might have fallen off his rocker (as they say). My response went something like this – “14 chickens! Why do we need 14 chickens?”
Well, I have to say this has been an enjoyable learning experience. Chickens, as I’ve found, are quite social and curious. Aside from one of the hens disappearing in the middle of the night, we are graced with 5 roosters and 8 hens. Two hens have started laying fresh, brown eggs, which I’m finding I can’t use fast enough. The chickens amaze me because they roost when it gets dusk, and crow when it starts to get light, proving they are equipped with an internal alarm clock.
The chickens are actually more like pets than farm animals, greeting us when we arrive home, crowing at us when they hear our voices, and following us around the yard like the dog does.