Here is our small flock (9 hens) packing it up for the night a few days ago. We share the birds (work, eggs, and free fertilizer) with a neighbor. Right now during winter we’re getting 3-4 eggs on average a day, occasionally with 6 a day. In spring we’ll get 6-8 daily.
If you’ve never had fresh eggs, you don’t know what your missing. In addition, watching the hens doing their thing is greatly entertaining, and has been a great means of developing a strong relationship with our neighbors. For the small amount of work this takes, it is well worth the pay off. We hope to grow the flock this coming spring.
We’ve got 2 Road island reds, 1 Barred Rock, 1 Brahman, 1 Ostyr White, and 4 Amaricaunas. While there are numerous varieties of birds, each have their own pros and cons when it comes to egg production. e-fowl.com has some good info on chickens, we’ll probably order form them next round.