Frith Farm

Friday, January 6, 2012

Big Girls & Little Ladies

Much of the preparation for winter has revolved around our noble egg layers, both present and pending. The mature layers have recently moved several climate zones south, to a newly constructed hoophouse behind the barn. They seem quite happy in their warm sunny quarters, free to roam into the wintery outdoors but often preferring to roost in the protected sunshine of the hoophouse.

A new round of 80 laying chicks arrived a few weeks ago. After spending a week in the farmhouse kitchen (and providing 24-hour entertainment for Saffron and Charlie) they moved to the greenhouse for more space and access to soil and sun. They are Golden Comets, a breed known for their friendliness, ability to forage, and excellent production. They should begin laying in May, allowing us to double our available egg shares this coming season.

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