Thomas J. Story
We raised chickens
Our flock of six baby chicks grew to hen-hood. Six surprising facts :
1. No rooster necesary Even without a male, hens will lay eggs (they just won’t hatch). Plus, roosters are noisy; if you’re raising chickens in a city, you want to get all hens.
2. Cute but weird A chicken closes its eyelids from the bottom.
3. Chest rubs are calming Frantic, peeping chick? Gently lay it on its back in your hand and stroke its chest. The little one will bliss out.
4. Odd appetites The favorite food of adolescent chickens, at least our chickens: wild fennel. They destroyed a vigorous 6-foot plant within a week. Second favorite food: hot green chiles. (Birds can’t taste spiciness.)
5. Easily confused When a hen reaches egg-laying maturity, she will squat near your feet and beg to be stroked. She thinks you are a rooster―a good delusion to perpetuate.
6. An egg a day Adult hens usually lay one egg a day. Our flock of six produces three dozen delicious eggs a week, for only the cost of chicken scratch ... well, and one vet bill. – ELIZABETH JARDINA
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