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Easter Chicks
8 April 2007

Chicks

Easter What happens if a colored Easter egg hatches?  You get colored chickens of course!  That's what happened to these baby chicks, two were born yellow, two were born red and two were born green.  Honest, they were born that way!

It's not because of the colored eggs though.  Before these chickens were hatched, some colored dye was added inside their eggs.  Then when the chicks hatched, they were these bright colors.  They will eventually return to their normal coloring but for now they are bright Easter colors.

We were given these chicks by a friend.  She owns a recovery center for troubled children.  The children also help out with Critter Corner which is her traveling petting zoo.  For Easter, they had these six colorful baby chicks.  Now that Easter is over, these baby chicks needed a permanent home.  Kona Earth farm seemed like the perfect place.

With these six new chicks, our previous batch of ten baby chicks from the humane society and our adult hens from the local poultry farm that was going out of business, we now have 24 chickens.  We had surplus eggs already and once these new chicks start laying we'll have far more eggs than we can possibly use.

Posed That's ok though because there is a local farmer's market.  Running our own booth at the farmer's market is a large commitment that we're not sure we're ready for.  Almost every other booth there has coffee, macadamia nuts, bananas, avocadoes and every other seasonal fruit we would have so making a profit isn't guaranteed.  The one item that does sell really well is free-range chicken eggs.  The local mongoose population makes egg production a challenge and the few farmers that bring eggs all sell out right away.

If you have ever had free-range chicken eggs you'll know that there is absolutely a taste difference.  There's something about exercise and a well-rounded diet of insects that can't be reproduced on a commercial chicken ranch.  Free-range eggs are actually lower in cholesterol and higher in vitamins.  I'm sure we'll have no problem selling our chicken eggs.  Even without our own booth, several of the other farmer's would be happy to purchase our eggs to use in their own baked goods.

These baby chicks won't start laying for several months.  Half of them will probably be roosters that may end up seeing the stew pot.  The other half should give us plenty of healthy, normal-colored eggs.




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