We have a mixed group of layers here, and their rough and ready leader, Jelly. We have a few Americaunas, a few black Austrolorps, and a Rhode Island Red. Some of the ladies are quite elderly, though they seem to produce an egg just fine every now and then, even with the snow and cold.
They are free range 24/7 in the good weather. In the winter, they cozy up in a stall in the barn and peck though last fall’s pumpkins and gourds, go out on sunny days and shuffle back in at dusk. They eat organic layer pellets – we keep looking for a source of feed with out soy, but no luck yet. In the good weather they don’t eact much of the pellets anyhow, they get a lot of grass and bugs and fresh milk. They have a lovely hoophouse to call home then too!
We also share the farm with my daughter’s pet broad breasted bronze turkey, “Thug”. Thug lost her sister. “Gangsta” (don’t ask…please…) to a horrific head injury over the summer. Thug is now the “chosen bird” on thr farm, accrding to MArika, my daughter. This phot is proof, obviously:
Thug has recently taken to laying large, speckled eggs wherever and whenever she feels mother nature’s call. They are yummy, it’s like eating an extra large egg :) Apparently selling turkey eggs never really caught on with megaAg cus the darn turkeys took forever to lay, and were, naturally, *larger* than a chicken, so they couldn’t stuff them all into some obscenely tiny crate. Thank heavens. Here she is as a poult (that’s the word fro a baby turkey, go figure!)