Because most broody hens will get off the nest first thing in the morning to eat and drink with the flock. Broodies will typically only stay off the nest for about 10 to 15 minutes at a time, and that’s when they need to eat, take a dust bath, and get fresh water.
This docile breed lays only a couple of eggs each week, but they are extremely broody and entertaining. The perfect addition if you’re looking for good mothers.
I firmly believe that when chickens eat herbs on a regular basis as part of their daily or weekly diet, it can help prevent many illnesses and parasites, just as it does with humans. We’ve found this to be true in our own flocks over the years, and within our own bodies.
It sounds like a fancy dish, but there’s really nothing fancy about it at all. Much like quiche, but without the crust, this frittata is great to make ahead for breakfasts, especially for the gluten-free family member!
TheHomesteader’s Natural Chicken Keeping Handbook is the modern homesteader’s guide to raising, feeding, breeding, selling, and enjoying the noblest animal on the farm—the chicken. From the rooster’s crow in the morning, to the warm egg in the nesting box, chickens are the gateway livestock for almost every homesteader and backyard farm enthusiast. In this book, you’ll learn everything you need to know about raising chickens naturally. Fewell guides you in:
Amy Fewell is the author of The Homesteader’s Herbal Companion and founder of The Fewell Homestead blog and website (thefewellhomestead.com). She’s a writer, photographer, and the mastermind behind the annual Homesteaders of America conference. She lives in Rixeyville, Virginia.