Hey, what happened to the ChickenCam?
Well... the Chicken Cam had died after seven years. We did eventually get a replacement cam for them. But the chickens had wanted to move to behind the blueberries and you can't get WiFi there. So, while we scheme to get them back online, the cam will watch one of the bird feeders. This image refreshes every 20 seconds during daylight.
Our latest batch of chickens was ordered from Barred Rock chickens for sale from californiahatchery.com. They were hatched in March of 2012 and enjoyed a trip in an airplane the very next day, with their own little heating pad in their box to keep them warm. We raised them in a heated aquarium and moved them to the coop when they feathered out. The girls began laying around week 20 but were not up to full speed until four weeks later.
The ChickenCam is brought to you by the Barred Rock Poultry Association located in Fortuna, California.
Introducing the Barred Rock, a chicken for the Suburbs
If it's daylight, our girls are usually outside in the run, catching some rays or scratching up the dirt, looking for bugs and worms. The run has a temporary roof during the rainy season which helps keep the ground from getting muddy.
The hens spend a lot of time looking for the Man That Feeds Us. He brings them goodies, such as people food leftovers, stale cat food, apple cores, even grubs and worms!
These Barred Rock chickens really prefer to recycle the table scraps and garden trimmings. Not only
does that allow us to close another ecological loop, each hen also presents us with
over several hundred superb eggs per year, and lots of entertainment.
A Quiet Breed
Barred Rock hens are ideal for the city or a subdivision because they are docile, quiet, and well mannered, even when we're spading up the ground and they spot the earthworms from 10 feet. They are heavy birds and produce large eggs, with some production even during the winter months. A healthy hen will supply you with around 20 eggs per month. And what eggs! The brown shells contain rich, orange yolks that stand up in the pan. The eggs are not watery and taste like eggs used to taste.
Here is more information about the breed, then some instructions for building their coop and their run (a Chicken Tractor!), where to get them, and how to best meet their needs and care for them. When you have chickens, your life will be the richer for it!