design-inspired urban farming
We’ve got chicken on the brain today because one of lovely hens has decided to come out of molt! And we are egg-cited to announce that we harvested our first egg since late July! We were diligent about supplying our ladies with an ample supply of supplemental protein in the forms of extra mealworms (dried), yogurt, sunflower seeds and dry dog food. In addition to our regular feeding of organic chicken feed, scratch and vegetable/weed scraps from the garden, our flock is on it’s way to getting back into the swing of things.
And in celebration of today’s egg-laying, we’re posting some fun infographics.
Get some quick stats on the cost of keeping urban chickens, basic info on breeds, anatomy and types of living arrangements. If you’re thinking about keeping chickens, this is a great at-a-glance reference to get an idea of what you’re getting into. Chickens are a real joy to have around in an urban farm. They are relatively easy to keep and pretty low maintenance.
We also love this sweet poster that illustrates the reproductive cycle of a fertilized egg. For those of you who don’t plan on keeping a rooster, there is no loving “big hug” between hen and rooster in the process but you’ll get delicious eggs regardless.
And once you finally commit to a flock of your own, you can then use this handy dandy chart to guide you in determining how to grade and size your eggs. If you are raising chickens for eggs in your own backyard, the quality will be, by far, outstanding compared to any store-bought egg you’ve eaten. In fact, every time we crack open an egg we’re still surprised how golden orange the yolks are and how high the yolks stand in the frying pan. It looks like a n orange ping pong ball sitting there. It’s truly amazing.
We absolutely love keeping chickens and the energy they bring to our urban farm. Do you have a backyard flock? Are you planning on keeping chickens? We’d love to hear about it. Please share your fine-feathered stories in the comments section.