The Spontaneous Homesteader

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We have had a backyard flock since 2011 when we first hatched eggs in an incubator as a science experiment for our home-school class. As a family, we did not expect to keep the chickens but give them to a friend who wanted them to add to her existing flock. We chose bantams since they were little and wouldn’t take up too much space at a young age. We only wanted to experience the “science” part of hatching chickens eggs. Never in a million years did we think we would fall in love with chickens the way we did! Needless to say, we did not give those bantams away and kept them as pets until a sad demise in February 2014 came to them. Since then, we have built and reinforced a large coup (big enough for 12 hens and a rooster to live comfortably all the time if need be). However, all of our chickens have full time free range access to our 2 acre property and put themselves to bed in the coop at night. (We lock it up tight at that time too, lol!) We have since invested in raising regular sized hens. We have Americaunas, Cuckoo Marans, Speckled Sussex and Australorps giving us green, blue, dark brown, light brown and cream colored eggs. Our rooster is a beautiful Americauna and our gals have great personalities! These chickens are fed H & H non-GMO, soy-free, old fashioned, layer feed on top of whatever they find while free-ranging. They love to chase bugs and dirt bathe all over the property but when it comes to laying their eggs, they are partial to the big chicken coop we’ve built with numerous laying nests. These hens are constantly being spoiled by our kids using our worm farm to feed them treats or just watch them bicker over who gets which piece of treat, lol!