Are backyard eggs healthier than store-bought eggs? The short answer: heck yes! The longer answer: read this article.
What kind of chicken feed do you provide? Coyote Creek Organic Feed
Do I need to have a rooster in order for my chicken to lay eggs? No. A rooster is only required for the fertilization of eggs. Hens lay eggs on a daily cycle, regardless of whether or not a rooster is present. The Yard Birds program from Moon Dog Farms does not provide roosters.
Will the eggs be fertilized? No. A rooster must be present for your hens' eggs to be fertilized. It is perfectly OK to eat fertilized eggs, and a rooster needn't be around long for a hen to afterwards lay fertilized eggs for some time. A hen can store the rooster's sperm for up to a month, fertilizing each daily egg throughout that time.
Will my chickens be noisy? No. Hens talk to each other throughout the day, making soft clucks and a once-daily gentle cackle after an egg is laid. Roosters are the loud ones, known to crow all day long. You will not receive a rooster as part of Yard Birds.
What if one of my chickens dies? Understandably, some animals take ill or meet an unfortunate end at the hands ( or claws, teeth or talons) of a predator. We will replace chickens free of charge as long as the death of the hen was not due to neglect. Read more about predators and our policies on replacement chickens here.
How many eggs will I get each day? Each hen will lay about 1 egg per day. This means that with 2 hens you will yield about 1 dozen eggs per week!
How many years do the chickens lay eggs for? Their highest egg production is during the first three years of their life. After that the number of eggs laid per week drops. Some hens have been known to lay for years longer.
How old are the chickens? The Yard Birds hens are between six months and two years old.
Are the chicken coops predator proof? Yes! The wire bottom prevents animals from digging in and the coop is sturdily designed to withstand many elements and last for years.
Is there really enough feed here to last the whole time? Absolutely! We've provided you with the feed, food dish and water dish necessary to keep your hens healthy. In fact, depending on how many scraps, bugs and grass your hens forage, you might end up with extra feed!
I'm going out of town for 3 days, will my chickens and eggs be ok? Yes. Ensure their food and water is full and rest easy. Unless it's full summer heat, you can gather the eggs when you return. If you plan on being gone for longer than three days, ask a friend or neighbor to check on their food and water (they can be paid in fresh eggs!)
Should I wash the eggs? We here at Moon Dog Farms only wash eggs that are visibly dirty, and only with plain water and a cloth. Upon laying, the egg is covered in a natural protective coating called the "bloom" which upholds the freshness and health of the egg. You may wash the eggs before cooking, but that is up to you. Eggs can last for days ( we recommend up to 10 days) without refrigeration as long as they remain unwashed and out of direct sun.
Can I let my hens out of the coop? Yes, but please consider your surroundings. We encourage providing the gals' extra room to scratch and play outside of their protected coop, but once they are out, they are vulnerable to attacks from multiple animals, namely dogs (your own and anyone else's). An enclosed yard with a fence and shade with the coop accessible is preferable if you choose to let your hens out. Read more about predators and our policies on replacement chickens here.
Will the chickens get along with my pets? Hens typically won't have any problems with your pet, but some pets will require an adjustment period in order to keep your chickens safe. The average cat does not typically pose a major threat to full-grown chickens, but it is always advised to take it slow and introduce your animals with caution. Dogs require more guidance,awareness and many supervised and controlled interactions. There are many examples of dogs and chickens getting along swimmingly. However, for some dogs, it will be unwise to allow your dogs and chickens to mix at all, which isn't always clear until faced with the question. Dogs can cause major damage to your tiny flock, in a matter of moments. Again, read our policies on predators and replacement chickens for further information.