So much has happened in the last few months at Mount Royal Farms!
The second group of chickens were moved outside to the coop and placed in a partitioned section away from the older birds near the end of the summer. They have continued to thrive, even “Tweety Bird” the tiny Delaware, is almost full sized now. “Twisted Sister”, the Ameraucana with the twisted beak has done very well and is holding her own. The others have all grown into gorgeous examples of their various breeds.
Finally, just this week, the partition came down and the two flocks were merged into one.
Chris said the move was done at night (so as to minimize the disturbance; chickens don’t see well at night). He says “They are doing well together and there does not seem to be any signs of pecking or fighting. This is a good thing as the second group of girls is about to start laying every day. None of the new flock have been able to go in the coop to explore because I think the older hens are protective of that space.” He’s considering constructing an annex space for the younger birds to use for nesting.
Once a few of the original group of chickens started laying eggs, it wasn’t long before most of the “older girls” were laying on a regular basis. There was even a “double yolk” phase for a while.
The girls now produce an average of 7 eggs a day, of varying colors; brown to pink to green and blue. Contrary to what many people think, the colored eggs are not healthier than eggs with white shells, nor are the colors based on what the chicken eats. Different breeds lay different colored eggs. What does make an egg healthier on the inside (shell color notwithstanding) is the way the chicken is raised and what it eats. Mount Royal Farms chickens are as happy and healthy as they can be and those eggs are mighty tasty!
Finally, if you’d like to see one of the things we’ve made with the fresh eggs, check out the Fried Egg Sandwich with Fig, Caramelized Onion and Bacon Jam over on FormerChef.com