Farm Fresh Eggs Anyone?

Farm Life

IMG_9187I adore having chickens.

At the start of the year, I told you I was excited to share more about myself and the farm with you. One of the questions I get asked most is what was the first animal we got on the farm? The answer is a chicken, eight chickens to be exact. After finding our farmhouse in North Carolina, as we drove away from our meeting with the realtor, I turned to Mr. A and said, “I love this house and I want chickens!” He started laughing, but he was the only one, I was dead serious.

I had wanted chickens back in California, so this declaration was not a new revelation. However, back in California chickens were a pipe dream. Our backyard could hardly fit our two pugs, a patio set, and our three by five foot garden. There was no way it could fit chickens and a coup too! Aside from space being an issue, there was also the HOA (Home Owner’s Association) to contend with in California. You can bet that if you can’t have a portable basketball hoop out  on your driveway, there is NO WAY they are going to allow chickens to free range in your backyard. Needless to say, the chicken dream died in California before it was even born.

Now we are in North Carolina, on our new farm, and the dream is very much a reality. After we had been settled in for about a month (barely settled), I started researching chickens. I was determined to make my dream come true. I plan to share with you what I learned about chickens in my research and I what I have learned since owning them. The first thing you should know, chickens are awesome!


Chickens do not start laying eggs until about six months of age. Keep this in mind when you see those sweet little chickies at the feed stores. They are so cute, but  you will be caring for them emotionally and financially until they are about six moths old before you get your first egg.That’s a long time! After learning this, I decided to get my chickens as pullets. For the layman, a pullet is a teenage chicken. The chickens I got were about three to four months old. Right at the six month period, we got our first egg. It was such an exciting day!

After learning about the phases of a chicken’s life, I started researching breeds. The first breeds of chicken we started with was the Rhode Island Red and an Orpington. They are known for their docile temperament and their great egg productivity. Both were very true in my experience. Our Reds and Orpington were laying at six months on the dot and each of them have been giving me about five light brown eggs a week. After feeling confident about keeping chickens, I decided to branch out to some different breeds.

Chicken3When I was ready to branch out, I wanted chickens that I thought were a beautiful breed and/or different looking. I also wanted to start getting a variety of colored eggs. Did you know some chickens lay green and blue eggs? Neat, right?! My Silkie, Snickerdoodle, was the next chicken I brought home. Early on, while doing my research, I fell in love with the look of this chicken. I knew if I was successful with the Reds and Orpington that a Silkie was going to be the next chicken on the farm. Although Silkies are a smaller breed of chicken, they are incredibly adorable, fuzzy and also have a very docile temperament. She lays a very light brown egg and it’s smaller than average. Due to the smaller egg, for recipes that call for one egg, I usually use two of her eggs. After the Silkie, I got a couple of Ameraucana (Addy and Pearl) because not only are they beautiful birds, but they lay green eggs which I was very excited about. Finally, I got a Black Copper Maran, Frenchie. She is also very beautiful and lays a dark copper colored egg. What I will tell you about the Ameraucanas and the Black Copper Maran is that they are not the friendliest of chickens. I believe it’s because they are flyers. They can’t fly in the true sense of the word, but they can get up to high places if they need protection and I think this attribute in them causes them to be less friendly with us. They aren’t aggressive by any means, but they don’t love to eat from your hand and definitely do not like to be held like the other chickens.

chickensOverall, chickens are quite easy to care for. My chickens free range during the day. At night, they make their way to the coup where I close them up for protection. Chickens are night blind, so they will automatically start making their way back to the coup when the sun starts to go down. Isn’t that amazing?! In the coup, they have constant food and water, so their diet it supplemented in case nature doesn’t give them everything they need to make healthy and strong eggs. Keep in mind, that in the winter months, when the temperature drops, the egg production for chickens will slow down from 5-6 eggs a week to 3-5 eggs a week. Heat lamps in the coup can help increase production during this time.

Owning chickens has been so much fun and incredibly rewarding to me. I plan on getting more once the weather warms up. I will be sure to keep you posted on any new additions. If you are thinking of having some chickens of your own, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me for information or with questions. I would love to help you!


  1. Debi @treasure.nest says:

    Hi Meeghan! I just read your “chicken” post!! ? So interesting all the different varieties and even colors of eggs! So glad you finally had your dream realized with your farm and gorgeous chickens!

    • Meeghan says:

      Hi Debi! I so happy you enjoyed the “chicken” post. Wow, never thought I’d hear myself say that! After I did my research, I was amazed myself at the number of different breeds of chickens there are as well as the variety of colors of eggs they produce. My eyes have been opened to a whole new world! Thank you for your kind words and encouragement for this new adventure. It’s been quite a ride so far and I’m looking forward to what lies ahead. Thank you for stopping by my blog and saying, “hello!” I appreciate your interest and support!

  2. Luci says:

    Love this! Now that we have our farmhouse, we are planning to get chickens this spring and this information was so helpful!

    • Meeghan says:

      Hi Luci! I’m so happy you found this post helpful. Congratulations on your farmhouse! I am so excited that you will be getting chickens this spring, it’s the perfect time. I would love to hear about your journey and life at your farmhouse. If you have any questions or if I can be of any help, please do not hesitate to reach out to me. I would be happy to help you in any way I can. I would love for you to update me once you have your chickens. I hope that you love them as much as I love having mine. Thank you so much for visiting the blog and saying, “hello!” Best wishes!

  3. Sarah says:

    Oh, this makes me miss my Girls!!! We had Buffs, silver laced Wyandotte, Ameraucanas, and black Orpingtons. I’ve had SUCH an itch to get chickens lately, but the hubs says no. So I will live vicariously through you !?

    • Meeghan says:

      Oh Sarah, I wish we lived closer. I would love for you to come visit me and the girls! We could sit on the porch with our cuppa and plan out what furniture to refinish. Buffs and Wyandottes are next on my list! I hate to admit it, but I think I might be a Chicken Lady, if there is such a thing. I’m happy you can live vicariously through me. Thank you for your comment, friend!

  4. Christi says:

    Loved reading this!!! We’re adding animals to our farm in NC this spring and can’t wait!!! I was so excited to your IG post about this!!
    Carolina Belle Furnishings

    • Meeghan says:

      Thank you so much Christi! I so happy you enjoyed reading this post. We are planning on adding some goats this spring. I can’t wait to hear about your new additions! Please keep me posted. It’s always a pleasure sharing in the adventures of other NC farm girls! I appreciate you stopping by and saying, “hello!”

  5. Beth says:

    Loved your chick story! I’m planning on getting some chickens this spring.. I’ve got to build a chicken coop first though, any suggestions on that? I’ve been researching the type and size but I’m just not sure. I only want about 7-8 chickens.
    Another NC farm girl

    • Meeghan says:

      Hi Beth,
      Thank you so much for reading my story! Spring is the perfect time to get chickens. Our coup is actually a converted shed. We hung nesting boxes on the inside and it works great. We also built an outside area off to one side of the shed for the chickens which is fully enclosed with chicken wire. My husband cut a door in the side of the shed so that the chickens could still go outside and we could keep them safe from predators. In our area, we were told by neighbors that common predators to young chickens are hawks, so the outside area has chicken wire on all sides as well as over the top. Once the chickens started laying, they were much bigger in size, and that is when we started to let them out around the farm to free range all day. With regard to building your own coup, there are tons of plans you can find on the internet. Much like houses, there are all different styles. I like our converted shed because it has a full size door and we can stand up in the coup. You definitely want a spacious coup. Space, both inside and outside, is very important for healthy, happy chickens. If they don’t have enough space, they will get stressed and that could lead to pecking and worse things. For reference, a chicken coup should allow for 3 square feet per bird inside. If you aren’t planning on free ranging your chickens, chickens should have an outside protected area that is about 10 square feet per bird, if they are free ranging, you can back that down to about 8 feet. The bottom line is that the more space a chicken has, the happier it is. I am so excited for you to have chickens of your own! Please feel free to reach out to me anytime with questions or to share your story. I would love to hear about your NC farm girl experience with your chickens! Best wishes, Beth!!

    • Deerfieldfarmhouse says:

      Bahahaha! HOA don’t I know it! This sounds so fun! Back in Tennnessee we raised some chicks but gave them to a friend when they were a month or so old! So fun to watch them hatch and grow! Love the colored eggs of different breeds! Such a great little informative post Meeghan! Loved reading it! ? Kelly

      • Meeghan says:

        Hi Kelly! Thank you so much for visiting! Those little chicks are so fun to watch hatch and grow! I’m so happy you enjoyed the post. I appreciate you saying, “Hello!” Your support, kind words, and encouragement are much appreciated, friend! I look forward to sharing more with you.

  6. HoLlys.hobby says:

    I really enjoyed reading this post Meeghan! I always wondered how much care they required. We travel often, and I can leave the kitty indoors for 2 nights. ?Not sure about the chickens though.


    • Meeghan says:

      Hi Holly! Thank you so much for visiting me. I’m so happy you enjoyed this post. The chicken feeder that we have holds enough food to feed about 10 chickens for a few days. The watering canister, at full capacity also gives the chickens enough water for the same amount of time. When we travel for a longer period, I have not found it difficult to find neighbors or friends willing to come over a couple of times a week to check on the chickens, fill the feeder and water, and collect eggs. They are usually very happy to help for free farm fresh eggs to bring home. Overall, I find chickens to be quite easy to care for and very rewarding to have on the farm. If you decide to get some, please do not hostage to reach out to me for information or help in getting started. I appreciate your comments and support. Please keep in touch!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Stay up-to-date:

Would you like to receive an email when I write a new blog post? Sign up here and you will also have access to my ebooks, tips, recipes, and menus.