Hen in grassNote:  Currently, we do not have chickens due to the need to build a new (and raccoon-proof) coop.  Stay tuned – once we have built it and raised up a new flock, we will have eggs again!  And everything below will be true again.

Eliza raised chickens as a girl on Kinne Brook Farm, and one of the first things we did when we moved to the farm was to establish a new flock. While our first pullets were Rhode Island Reds, Black Stars and Black Australorps, we have since seen the breeds change over the years, depending on mood and availability.

Mother Hen and ChicksThe ladies (and gentleman) live in two big former horse stalls in the barn with a large outside run (which is rarely closed), and are fed organic feed.  They also get to mooch off the cows OMRI certified organic kelp and diatomaceous earth to address any parasites that they might pick up.

The flock is allowed to range freely so that they can feast on grass, bugs and worms, and other tasty morsels, as well as lay their eggs throughout the barn and countryside. They are able to free-range almost constantly; even in the winter we let them roam the barn aisle, so they can hunt through the hay dropped from the hay mow for tasty seeds, and eat as much hay themselves as they want.  But they still dream of getting out in the pastures….

Eggs in a blue bowl

In the winter, egg production is a little slow, but in the summer our flock produces about two dozen eggs a week, which are available at $4 a dozen.

For more information, contact info@kinnebrookfarm.com.