I sold half the flock two weeks ago, leaving me with 10 chickens and I am happy with the number that I now have. Taking care of 20 chickens wasn't difficult, but once they started laying, things got very stressful. Most days I was getting 16-18 eggs a day; that is a lot of eggs. It got to the point where I dreaded having to go to the barn every day because I just didn't want to have to deal with all of those eggs. Because the girls were just starting to lay none of the eggs were a uniform size and the shells were thin making them very delicate. I knew it would be a while before I could even consider selling them.
|Nine of the ten birds that remain. The tenth one is standing behind me as I take this picture, pecking my boots.|
Kelsey started taking as many as she could give away to people she worked with, but we still had about 9 dozen at any one time in the fridge. After a few weeks of this nonsense, I told Jim that I was going to be getting rid of half of the girls, that I was overwhelmed and something had to be done. Imagine my surprise when all of a sudden, Jim said that he knew lots of people that he could give the eggs to and sell them to when the time came. I don't know why he didn't share this information from the beginning, but it didn't matter; the decision had been made and the ad was placed.
I decided to sell the ISA browns and keep the Rhode Island Reds. I really like the size, hardiness and temperament of the Reds and they lay great eggs. The gentleman that bought them was very nice and seemed quite pleased to be getting them. I am very happy with having just ten chickens, it feels like the right number for me. Having this amount of chickens means less cost, less time and most important, less eggs.