A sustainable family farm in Freedom, Ohio

Ding Dang Chickens

Fresh chicken eggs–nothing better.  Those yolks that are as orange as the pumpkins I feed those hens from Halloween through late winter.  Those whites that surround the yolk with a purpose.

I love them too, so it’s frustrating that for the first time in the 12 years I’ve kept chickens, I don’t have enough eggs being laid to cover my feed costs, let alone a surplus to freely enjoy myself.

Hens normally molt once a year in the late fall.  It’s not necessary to the health of the chicken, so most farmers prevent it from happening by keeping consistent light in the coop.  I keep my coop well-lit, so I was a little surprised to realize my hens were molting.  As some of you know, I’ve never been pleased with my last batch of chickens, and I think this is another deficiency of that group, that they went into molt despite the care I give them.

So what now?  I’m still feeding my unproductive hens, and providing all the comforts I’d give them if they were laying like champs.  I did order another batch of chicks from a different hatchery (Murray McMurray) to be delivered at the end of the month.  But they won’t start laying for 5 – 6 months.  Hopefully before then, the “old” hens will go out of molt and start laying again.

In the meantime, my BFF Ami at Breakneck Acres has a good supply of eggs–and since I feed my chickens the same feed she grows on her farm and feeds her own chickens, I’m sure her eggs are just as fantastic.

As always, thanks for supporting your local farmer, and thanks for understanding when inventory is low and I can’t supply you all.  As always, I’m doing my best to only provide the most high quality products for your family!


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