Nothing better than bringing out some food, calling out "here, chick, chick, chick," and the girls come running
I've only got six, and they are more pet than livestock. I'd make a terrible farmer, any time we've lost a hen I've gotten out the shovel instead of the stew pot.
We have a Buff Orpington, Rhode Island Red, New Hampshire Red, Americana, Barred Rock, and Silver Laced Wyandotte. Five brown egg layers and one greenish blue
. I'll probably get three or four more chicks in October, because two of our layers are pushing four years and one is almost three (plus my four year old son keeps asking me to buy new babies whenever we go to the feed store
Our neighbor gave us a pair of goslings about a month ago (OMG, they are the cutest, fastest growing, friendliest buggers ever) and hopefully they will help protect the hens when they are older.
I love all the scraps I can feed the birds instead of throwing them out - especially strawberry tops when my kids go through three or four pounds in one day
. And whenever the wild birds get to our tomatoes before we do, I can toss them to the chickens to enjoy.