When last I wrote about creating our little hobby farm, the backyard mini-barn was just in the process of being framed up and our chickens were mere teenagers! It is now the end of the summer so I thought I would give you a quick update. The baby chicks, we bought on a whim back in April, have now grown into plump laying hens. We average one or two eggs per day between the three of them. My son just added up all of his eggs neatly put in their own carton and made his first dozen!
As Robert Frost stated in his poem, “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening”, there are still miles to go before we sleep… Fall is fast approaching and the barn needs to be painted, the chicken coop rebuilt in its new spot next to the barn, and our electrical outlets need to be installed before the first hint of frigid winter temperatures. But, for the moment, my husband is truly enjoying the ease of moving his lawn tractor up and down our little wooden ramp and through the wide open doors.
Hopefully next spring, we will be able to share the news that our little farm is complete and welcoming three baby lambs. If you would like to read more about our little (in town) hobby farm, you can catch it in the August issue of Molly Green.