After several years of faithful service, the Original flock of egg layers are getting up there in years. Having reached their fifth year, their laying is down to about a dozen or so eggs a week. While that’s not that bad for the 7-8 remaining hens, it isn’t quite enough to have a surplus to sell or barter. So this is the year that a new flock will be established for eggs. A trip to the feed store resulted in a nice flock of 20 pullet chicks consisting of Buff Orpingtons, Rhode Island Reds, Barred Rocks, and Welsummers which are to lay very dark eggs.
Still to be added will be Golden and Silver Laced Wyandottes if they become available. Also being considered will be a small group of meat birds if there’s enough time to prepare for them.