About three or four weeks ago several of our backyard birds decided to hit puberty and announced their arrival by crowing all at once. Not sure yet what we wanted to do with these roosters who were not quite big enough to butcher, we loaded them up and delivered them to my parent's house for holding. Daddy and Papa threw together a second coop there to hold them, where they are happily gorging on worms and getting fatter.
We were left with 7 birds in our backyard for laying hens; until Sunday when one of them decided to crow. We were unable to drive it up to join it's 'brother's', so the unlucky fellow has become the first grain free chicken grown from our yard to feed Ellie, and the ultimate homemade chicken soup for healing.
Exciting times around here. This is a hard won battle in the fight for safe food to feed Ellie, and one step in a larger plan. Stay tuned for more chicken stories as we supply our kitchen table....and hopefully those of some others.
Note: If you are looking for information on raising chickens, please check out this book by Harvey Ussery. I had the blessed privilege of learning from him for an entire day at the WAPF conference in Dallas. His information and teaching has been pivotal in our success.