After securing every last inch of my coop, I bought 2 more hens. One went broody and desperately wanted some eggs to hatch. Thanks to some very kind neighbors who gave me 8 fertilized eggs, we were able to hatch 7 chicks. They were SOOOOO darn cute. I mean like the cutest little things you ever did see! I loved the whole experience. After all was said and done, we had 6 healthy chicks that our momma chicken raised. She did a great job. Only 2 turned out to be roosters. City ordinances do not allow roosters, so we ended up giving them to a zoo, but that left us with 4 healthy hens. We had 2 hens from the existing flock which brought us up to 6 hens. Then, just a few weeks ago, some friends moved from the area and could not take their flock of 5, so we got 5 more hens and now we have 11!
Sometimes I am swimming in eggs and I freeze a bunch for the winter. Other times, I have so many people interested in buying them that I cannot keep up! The hens themselves are great to have. They are so friendly and love to hang out with me in the garden. They eat any kitchen scrap I can possibly give them (including moldy bread) and they love all the fresh veggies I grow for them. They are truly spoiled hens and I love having them!