First to mention are the chickens. Currently, we have around 70--4 of which are roosters, and a few that are just chicks yet. Yep, they lay more eggs than we can eat, but several people enjoy our eggs as much as we do and love to buy them from us. We're working this year on increasing that number so we have fewer eggs hanging around the house.
In addition to Welsummers, we keep many other breeds. Speckled Sussex, Copper Maran, Cochin, Light Brahma, Rhode Island Red, New Hampshire Red, Plymouth Rock, Silkie, Ameraucana, Salmon Faverolle, Sicilian Buttercup, English Game, Lemon Orpington, Leghorn, Australorp and Jersey Giant all call Chicken Scratch home. We love our chickens for their diversity and uniqueness and are constantly amused by their personalities.
And geese. We keep them or they keep us, it's hard to tell. They are excellent for predator control. Will they keep a dog away? Absolutely not. But they keep the hawks off, and have been known to stop a possum and raccoon dead in its tracks. They also let us know when the mailman arrives, people walk down the street, a car goes by, the wind blows......I think you get the idea!
Do we keep anything without feathers? Yep! We keep several rabbits, some of which are excellent manure-makers,
and some that are used for their wool-producing abilities!
|Philip Johnny Bob in all his summer-cut glory|
|Minerva, the herd queen|
We definitely keep busy! The animals take up a good amount of our time here at Chicken Scratch, but it's never a chore. They truly are a huge part of what makes our farm run!