Two years ago David decided to build a chicken house down at the barn area of Hacienda del Desierto Bed & Breakfast so we could have fresh eggs. Since he had raised chickens back in Ohio as a youth, he decided to buy Twelve Road Island Reds. One of them turned out to be a handsome rooster which gave the hens such a bad time, we had to boot him out. One eventually died which left us with ten aging hens. Last week he went to the feed store and found they were trying to get rid of their chicks to make room for Christmas displays so, of course, he wanted to help them out by taking a dozen home with him.
We now have four breeds of chicks three of which lay brown eggs and one which lays blue or green eggs (a first for us). The chicken in the video is a Brahman and lays the blue or green eggs. In about six months we should have more eggs than we know what to do with and will end up giving some away to family and friends. As part of our continental breakfast, we provide hard boiled eggs in a glass hen dish for guests who need a protein.