The first animals we decided to keep on our homestead were chickens — Rhode Island Reds. We figured they’d be the easiest animal to start with and, boy, were we right! Other than making sure they have access to clean, fresh water, grass and grains during the day, making sure that they are penned up, secure in their coop at night, and cleaning out their coop on a monthly basis, we’ve found that they virtually take care of themselves. In fact, I think they are even easier than taking care of a dog or a cat! And, unlike a cat or dog, these pets (yes, they are our pets) provide us with fresh, brown eggs 365 days a year.
We now have over 40 chickens, including two roosters! We feed them our own custom mix of seeds and grains, fresh greens, and kitchen scraps. They spend each day roaming around in the fresh air and sunshine, scratching for bugs and insects, bathing in the dirt, and thoroughly enjoying their “chicken-ness”.
Eggs are available for purchase: $4/dozen for medium eggs, and $5/dozen for large eggs.
If you live in or near Visalia, California, you can schedule a time for pick-up by calling (559)367-4982.