The little Buff Orpington chicks arrived and I’m pretty excited about this breed. I’ve raised them before and if memory serves me correct they’re a pretty peaceful self sufficient chicken.
I prefer raising one breed of chicken verses a variety of breeds, this way if I decide to incubate or let the hens brood I know what my available stock is for trading or selling purposes. I’m not a big fan of crossbreeding because of previous experiences.
A few years ago my husband and I raised meat chickens (x-rocks) and it was an unpleasant experience. I enjoyed serving farm raised chicken for dinner but we decided there had to be a better breed to provide our nutritional needs.
We’ve raised several dual purpose breeds in the past and still haven’t found the flavor we’re searching for; we’re hoping the Buff Orpingtons will be the winner. They’re typically raised for eggs but are also good for meat.
I’m pretty practical we don’t raise chickens for enjoyment; it’s for the benefit of improving the land and living a healthier lifestyle.
Another benefit to raising chickens is the fertilizer. I order my chicks online and this time I only purchased twenty-five. They’ll be indoors for two weeks before heading out to the mobile shelter.
I like to use hay for the brooder bedding during this time because once it’s all mucked up I can use it in the garden. It’s a fantastic fertilizer and later this week I’ll share an example.
Once the chickens head outdoors they continue to fertilizer everywhere they go leaving us with a nice lush farm, fertilized the most natural way possible.
If you’ve ever been to the country in Texas during the summer you know that grasshoppers are always in abundance, bugs in general come in large quantities here. Normally I get my chicks in June, this year time slipped by and I’m getting a late start.
The bugs are in full swing and I’m looking forward to when these chicks will be roaming the fields cleaning up. We don’t use pesticide on our farm; depleting bugs is the job of wild birds and the birds we raise before the freeze arrives. Keeping things natural is really important it but it’s better for the land.
Unfortunately my chickens are not pets so they don’t have names. I raise them as natural as possible for bug patrol and natural fertilizer.
This is incorporated free range style where they have a fenced in 4 acre farm to roam with many hiding spots and a mobile coop where they house at night and lay eggs during the day.
For me knowing where our food comes from is important; by serving fresh eggs and farm raised meat year round we feel healthier. I’m Curious what chicken breeds do you have and for what purpose?