Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Chickens Make Their Internet Debut
We raise chickens in our backyard. Our backyard in the center of San Antonio. After a long fiasco involving our friends dog, a not so reputable farm on the south side, and three roosters- we went to a feed store and picked out three spring chicks. 95% guaranteed to be hens.
Little known fact: You do not need a rooster to get eggs. Hens will lay eggs regardless and in fact if you are raising chickens for eggs and fun in the city, you do not want a rooster. ( Trust me.) Also you don't want your eggs to be fertilized. That could make for an unfortunate breakfast surprise. These are our three pullets: Omelet, Scrambles and Migas.
Our chickens live in a chicken tractor that we move around the yard daily so they get fresh grass and bugs to eat (while fertilizing the lawn and garden.) We also planted a lush little chicken yard behind the garage but they are stuck in their tractor for now after we saw a hawk perched on top of their coop looking in eagerly.