In a series of events that began with an amazing dinner and wine, and ended with too much wine and a live auction...we bid...and won...a chicken.
We were fortunate to go to the 2014 Green Feast at the Ecology Center which is absolutely stunning. Sitting on one of two picnic tables that probably sat 100 people each, underneath cafe lights in the middle of this organic farm, we began to get caught up in the idea of growing our own veggies, and the idea of a hen that would lay us fresh eggs every day became a very intrguing idea.
Two bids and an auction won later, we were proud owners of a hen, a hen house, two vegetable planters, and a rain water collector. Basically, a starter kit for The Hawley Farm Project.
Penny arrived last week, hen house, veggie garden, and rain collector ready. She is a Red Star chicken, which, now that I'm rapidly on my way to being a chicken expert, is great with kids, is friendly but doesn't need attention all hours of the day, eats a lot, and lays a shit ton of eggs. Basically the dream breed for us to get.
Max isn't entirely sure about her, and we're not entirely sure he won't eat her, so they're segregated - not Max's ideal but he gets the bigger backyard and the house, so he's still winning.
And then this morning, Penny laid her first egg!!!!!! I handled it like it was golden - can not wait for tomorrow morning!!! Turns out Penny is a bit rogue as well - opting out of using her nesting box and making her own behind the hen house under a tree.