Raise your own laying hens???...Eggs-actly!

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Real Estate Sales Representative with Keller Williams Realty--Boerne Hill Country

"Egg recall tied to salmonella grows to 380 million"

Associated Press 

Kind of a scary headline to read when more than 217,424,000 eggs are consumed a day in America.  On average, each person eats approximately 256 eggs a year.  When you break that down that's 21 dozen eggs a year per person...and that's not even counting the number of eggs used in baking or other foods we eat.  With the price of nearly $3 a dozen...that can add up for a family of five.  So...what if you raised your own eggs?  Seem too hard?  Not really...  You actually might have more problems with a neighborhood association prohibiting it than actually doing it.

If by chance you have a chicken friendly neighborhood...or better yet...live in a small town or on a small acreage...you might just give raising laying hens a try.  Coops can be easily built with 2 X 4's and chicken wire or purchased already built.  I seem to always find them on Craigslist in the farm and garden section.  Feed is inexpensive...and most chickens will take care of any bug problems you may have in your yard. 

You can start your chicken family with chicks...or buy your hens nearly ready to lay.  Either way...a rooster is not necessary for the chickens to lay eggs.  Caring for the chickens require clean cages and nests and keeping their water fresh and feeders full.  Many varieties of chickens are docile in nature and can be easily trained to come in at nite after a long day of chasing bugs in your yard.  All in all...for the reward of fresh eggs each morning...it's worth the effort.  (Btw...a healthy chicken will lay an egg a day.  So...unless you need a dozen eggs a day...a couple of hens will do the trick).

If you would like more details on how to take chicks to hen-dom...you can certainly "google" it...or you can check my blog archives for pieces I have written about my chicken's progress as I raise them.  Feel free to write with questions and I will do my best to answer. 

Raising your own chickens is just one of the many wonderful parts of living the rural lifestyle.  If you have been thinking about finding a place of your own in the country or one of the many fine small towns outside of San Antonio...I can help.  I love living the rural lifestyle and it would be my pleasure to help you live it too!

 

 

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Rainmaker
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Vickie Nagy
Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate - Palm Springs, CA
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We can't do chickens in Danville CA, but there certainly are a bunch in nearby Concord CA. They are seen (and heard) throughout North Eastern Concord.

Aug 18, 2010 06:08 PM #1
Rainer
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Claire Record
Keller Williams Realty--Boerne Hill Country - Boerne, TX

My sister in law lived in Diamond Bar, CA and had three chickens most of the time I have known her.  I just figured everyone in CA could have them....:). 

Aug 18, 2010 06:19 PM #2
Rainmaker
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Karen Anne Stone
New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County - Fort Worth, TX
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Claire:  Thanks so much for the great idea.  I just KNEW if I thought about it long enough, I could come up with a great idea for my apartment balcony.  If anyone asks me about it, I will just give them your email address, and tell them you gave the "okay" for it.  Am I thankful ?  Eggs-actly !

And... while I was at it... I laid an egg on that silly "suggest" button.  Let's see if it hatches ?

Aug 18, 2010 06:23 PM #3
Rainer
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Claire Record
Keller Williams Realty--Boerne Hill Country - Boerne, TX

Karen...you crack me  up...  Maybe if I came up with a breed of chicken that liked balconies I could become rich and famous...  Wouldn't that be the berries?  I forgot to add to this blog that if you couldn't have chickens...to find a local farmer or farmers market where you could get them farm fresh rather than rolling the dice at the store.  I am sure that there are risks using local farmers too...but feel the risks are much lower and the eggs are much better.  :)  Thanks for "laying an egg for me"... 

Aug 19, 2010 01:13 AM #4
Rainmaker
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Richard Weeks
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I have seen several stories on the local news and in the Dallas Morning News that many households in Dallas are doing this.

Aug 19, 2010 06:30 AM #5
Rainer
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Claire Record
Keller Williams Realty--Boerne Hill Country - Boerne, TX

I think more and more folks are going to want to start raising their own food...especially with the price of food and how much more healthy it is for you...  Chickens are a joy in of themselves.  Even if they don't lay an egg...they keep you entertained.  :)

Aug 19, 2010 06:44 AM #6
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Kristen Wheatley
Better Homes & Gardens | The Masiello Group - Brunswick, ME
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We didn't get to finish our chicken coop this year, but it will be done by the end of the year!  Fortunately, we buy our eggs from a local farmer.

Aug 19, 2010 11:40 AM #7
Rainer
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Claire Record
Keller Williams Realty--Boerne Hill Country - Boerne, TX

Good for you, Kristen...  I should have mentioned that in the blog about the local farmers...  Just a better way to buy eggs.  We sell them to neighbors all the time.  We can't retire on the income...but it helps pay for the little feed we buy for the chickens. 

Aug 20, 2010 08:53 AM #8
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