This week on the podcast we have special guest Anne Briggs (a.k.a. Anne of All Trades) to talk with us about raising laying hens at home. We had so much to talk about on the subject that we ended up breaking this topic into two episodes. This week, in Part 1, we discuss Anne's favorite breeds of chickens; how to source your own laying hens; the egg laying cycle; and what we love about having chickens at home.
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In this episode, we discuss:
- The laying cycle
- Your favorite types of hens
- Sourcing chickens
- Anne evolved from working in tech to making things with her hands, getting chickens, and starting a garden. Her favorite part about having chickens is how her little egg business connects her so closely with her neighbors.
- You can get chickens from mail order catalogs, at feed stores, or even from local farms.
- The prime laying time for chickens is two years. They will continue laying for their whole life, but it really slows down after a certain point.
- Anne finds that Australorp, Bard Rock, and Rhode Island Reds are the most productive and low maintenance breeds of laying hens.
Barred Rock (left) and Rhode Island Red (right) laying hens:
Photos from Anne:
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More about our special guest:
Anne is a very talented woodworker, musician, farmer, and mom to a whole cast of creatures. On her suburban farm just outside of Seattle, she has 2 miniature donkeys, 3 alpacas, 2 nigerian dwarf goats, and one kinder goat (which she uses for milk), a bunny, two barn cats, a dog, 20 ducks, 4 geese, and anywhere from 20-40 chickens.
A Note From Anne:
I'm currently in the process of writing a book chronicling my metamorphosis from a city-dwelling millennial working in a soul-crushing job in the tech industry to a full time woodworker and organic farmer. I've made some major changes in my life, my buying habits, and altered my perspective on what's important in life significantly. Five years ago, I picked up my first tool. My first woodworking project led to another and another after that. The gratification I experienced working with my hands in the woodworking shop expanded outside the garage and I convinced my husband Adam to let me get chickens. One thing led to another, and a couple years later we lived on a farm, I'd built most of the furniture we owned, and I wouldn't trade this new life for the world.