Predators are a more serious problem, and raccoons have claimed a few
the air need more ground than the pen
allows, to come in for a landing.)
2. Chickens in the Winter
Chickens can be kept in the coop
throughout our New England win-ter.;We;don’t;use;a;heater;;their;feath-ers;keep;them;warm,;and;they;huddle
together. There is less opportunity to
browse the offerings of the yard in the
lungs and may succumb to pneumonia if cooped up too long. When it
snows, we shovel a small yard for them
and throw out some scratch (cracked
corn), and we shovel a run so they can
get some exercise without sinking in
We place an electric heater under their
Benefits of Raising Chicken
water can or use a heated can. To encour-
age them to continue laying through the
shortened days of winter, we light an
electric bulb in the coop for a few hours
at the end of the day.
There are many advantages to raising
their prime, hens lay one egg a day, every
every day, most of them larger than the
ones at the grocery store.
We raise a variety of breeds, and they
lay different-colored eggs. We have white,
cream, brown, and green.
Tending the chickens is David’s ( 12)
job. He lets them out in the morning,
fills their food and water containers,
at night. He also cleans out the coop.
To maintain a really clean coop, this
doesn’t get as messy as if they were
always cooped up.
breeds from which to choose. You
may even decide to mix and match.
Which breed to choose? Of
Pickin Chicken Breed Selector by
Mother Earth News (Funny Farm
There is also a fun site for those of
us;without;an;iPhone.;It;shows;Hen-derson’s Chicken Breed Chart, an
alphabetical list of more than sixty
breeds with comparative informa-
Price of Feeding vs.
Price of Eggs
A 25-lb. bag of chicken feed costs
about $15. With twelve pastured
or two. Even if the bag lasts only a
day for your family. If a carton of eggs
an egg—can you imagine?), you are
bigger and better for you and, accord-ing;to Crunchy Betty, 1 you can use
them for facials too. What a bargain!
This chicken lays white eggs but will lay them beside the brown and green eggs laid by other hens.
They often share a nesting box, which keeps the eggs clean.
Depending on their
breed, in their prime,
hens lay one egg a day,
A basket of multi-colored eggs