Welcome home to our new family of fowl! Eighteen hens & two young roosters arrived today. The hens will start laying eggs in about a month. Once their production begins we should have over a dozen eggs a day! I have no idea what breed they are, just like every other year, we order them from the hardware store in town (same place I buy the pure grain alcohol for my homemade liquors, seriously they have a bit of everything!) There doesn't seem to be a choice, we place our order, they call the local breeder & in two weeks there are boxes of chickens with our name on it!
The chickens will be cooped up for about two weeks in hen house or 'secure bunker' (plenty of room & safe from predators). This is so they acclimate to their new home & know where to return once we let them free-range about the property. Then, let the chicken wrangling begin....
|The 2 little guys on the bottom right are the roosters.|
For anyone curious on Italian chicken breeds - check out this great site (in English): King of the Roost