Thinking of Keeping Chickens in Your Yard?

“For newly hatched chicken enthusiasts, the first egg from your own hens is a small miracle. ‘You want to dip it in gold,’ said the writer Susan Orlean, who keeps nine hens at her home in Columbia County, N.Y.

   Then comes the second egg: enough for a triumphant breakfast.…”

Long article in today’s NY Times by Julia Moskin:

Photo by Mark Wallheiser: “A basket of eggs at Greenfire Farms in Havana, Fla.”

Those chocolate eggs are probably from Maran hens.

About Lloyd Kahn

Lloyd Kahn started building his own home in the early '60s and went on to publish books showing homeowners how they could build their own homes with their own hands. He got his start in publishing by working as the shelter editor of the Whole Earth Catalog with Stewart Brand in the late '60s. He has since authored six highly-graphic books on homemade building, all of which are interrelated. The books, "The Shelter Library Of Building Books," include Shelter, Shelter II (1978), Home Work (2004), Builders of the Pacific Coast (2008), Tiny Homes (2012), and Tiny Homes on the Move (2014). Lloyd operates from Northern California studio built of recycled lumber, set in the midst of a vegetable garden, and hooked into the world via five Mac computers. You can check out videos (one with over 450,000 views) on Lloyd by doing a search on YouTube:

One Response to Thinking of Keeping Chickens in Your Yard?

  1. extra-russet-red colour and spherical form, typically from Marans hens !

    Marans is a small town surrounded by marshes and canals, on the Atlantic Coast (south west of France). From 12th to 14th centuries, this region was under English domination, so the English ships often stopped over at La Rochelle (near Marans) and unloaded the cocks which were surviving from the cockfight at the time hightly prized by the railers to cheer up their sea isolation. In return, poultries which furnished fresh food and eggs were loaded.
    The ruffs were naturally crossed with marsh hens. The products which were born of these crossings had already colored eggs.
    In the second half of 19th century, an amateur named Louis Rouille started breeding Langshan hens near La Rochelle. These chinese subjects spread in the area and it was by this way that the second crossing processus of the Marans was instituted.
    In french, Rouille means ''rust-coloured''… and Marans hens are called ''the hens that lay golden eggs''. But I prefer ''chocolate eggs'', especially at Easter !

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