by Heather Nicholson of Scratch Cradle
In the green heart of central Virginia, Laura, her husband Marvin, and their son Ethan work together to care and provide for their flock, and Ethan brings their extra eggs to the local food bank. In this interview, Laura describes her experiences keeping chickens for the past two years.
|Laura and her Ameraucana hen Annie|
How were you first introduced to poultry?
|Ethan packs eggs for the food bank|
What was your most memorable experience?
I think our most memorable experience to date was our first egg. Our Cinnamon Queen, Honey, was the first to have a lovely brown egg. Pearl, our Delaware hen, was the next to lay a pinkish tinged egg. Growing up in the city, neither my husband or I had ever tasted fresh eggs. We were astonished at the difference in texture and taste as compared to store bought eggs. At that point we thought that we must have been doing something right! Every day is a highlight as we take care of the flock as a family.
|Marvin, builder of all coops and poultry necessities!|
|The family’s first coop which featured a pull-out poop tray designed by Marvin|
|Ethan feeding the flock on a winter morning|