During the 60 days, so much happened here on our farm. Hurricane Irene came for a visit and left us in the dark for almost a full week. She reminded us that we really do depend on electricity to carry on the business of our daily life. She also taught us that fresh eggs cooked on the grill were a delicious way to end another day without power, telephone service, or access to the Internet. Each dinner of fresh eggs served as a reminder that chickens didn’t care about electricity and that we had to be sure to add chicken feed to the top of our storm preparedness list.
It was all worth it. Since our seven hens started laying eggs at the end of February, we have harvested an amazing 949 eggs from our chicken coop. For over nine months, they have provided a steady supply of fresh eggs for our whole family. We have marveled at the perfection of each and every one of them as we log them into our 2011 farm journal. Our hens have given us the remarkable ability to be more closely connected to our food supply.
Truth be told, I have been learning right along with my children. I see the world differently than I did before we began producing our own food on the ground that we call home. I judge the success of my summer season by the pounds of heirloom tomatoes grown on our farm instead of the days spent at the beach. I tally the fresh eggs found in the coop every day without fail and look for every possible way to increase the health and productivity of our hens. I’ve become a person who buys Popsicles to keep the flock from overheating in the summer sun. I guess that our hens have taught me a thing or two as well.
To celebrate the end of the Purina 60 Day See the Difference Challenge, I would like to offer a little encouragement to those of you who have shared so much with me. I will be randomly selecting a reader to win a Purina FLIP video camera. This is the same camera that I use to share videos on this forum and on my own blog. It is my hope that it will encourage you to share your chicken keeping experiences with our community.