The chickens that we adopted didn't seem like they were in the best of shape when we got them. I don't mean that they weren't taken care of, it's just that there were so many hens and roosters that I believe it was too much for them. We have gathered almost everyday an egg or two, but the other day one of the hens Carmel, finally laid and egg. Though it was pretty small compared to Vanilla Bean whose eggs are very large, I was so proud of her. Carmel was in pretty bad shape as far as her feathers go, because this breed doesn't move very fast she was getting hit hard by the roosters. But here on our farm she seems pretty relaxed and they all are settling in pretty good, even the rooster. I have figured out how to deal with him and I think he's figured it out that I'm not another rooster and that I bring food to him.
I have been reading Lisa Steele's blog Fresh Eggs Daily since getting these chickens and chicks and I love her approach on raising chickens. Lisa ferments her feed that she gives her chickens, so I started some and yesterday I was able to give some to our chickens and they loved it.
These chickens we got had mites so I have been working hard at getting rid of them and Fresh Eggs Daily had some really good tips and ideas on how to deal with them.
Growing herbs around the chicken coop, run and even putting herbs in the nesting boxes is something I plan on doing and herbs are so good not only for the chickens but for my cooking as well.
I totally love the idea of raising our chickens and chicks in the more natural way. I don't consider myself a natural freak so to speak, but I do like knowing where my food is coming from and what my food (meat) has been eating and eating eggs is no different.