Did you know that there are about 3 chickens for every person on the planet? Actually, there are close to 19 billion of these birds on Earth.* Certain breeds of chickens can lay up to 300 eggs a year! One hundred years ago, many American families kept chickens in their backyard. Kitchen scraps would go out the back door to the flock. Chickens are omnivores, so they enjoy eating a variety of foods. We feed our girls all organic chicken crumble/pellets. They are excellent debuggers, fabulous egg layers, weed devourers, and great at making wonderful compost/manure for your garden. Many people believe that hens need a rooster to make eggs. Hens will lay eggs without a rooster about every 25 hours. However, a rooster is needed to fertilize the eggs. Chickens are incredible egg factories. The process in their little bodies is amazing. First, the yolk is released, an egg white is formed, and the longest process is the manufacturing of the shell. The largest part of the egg comes out first. Our girls enjoy special treats like organic corn, sunflower seeds, and shredded mozzarella cheese. They actually laugh when thrown some cheese. We have heard the chickens purr when they are happy as well. It sounds more like a cooing. We sure do appreciate our chickens!
*Statistic from Vital Times http://www.vitalfarms.com