I am also linking this to The Homestead Barn Hop.
As a family we started raising chickens almost three years ago. We started with 7 and have gradually grown to 25. Of course there have been others that were harvested along the way for one reason or another. Our primary focus for raising chickens is the eggs. Our chickens currently lay enough eggs for us to eat as a family and two barter with two other families for garden produce.
One of our hens, Betty, went broody very early this year and wanted to start sitting in February. I held her off for a few weeks then just gave in and let her sit on some eggs. From that came four baby chicks that are now close to three weeks old. These guys are a mixed Buff Orp with Barred Rock. Both very good laying birds. Betty is an excellent mom. It never gets old watching these chicks hatch. Such a miracle! Also watching Betty teaching the babies to eat, drink and search for food.
Waiting for another hen to go broody and we will hatch a few more for this year. We try to add about 4-8 new birds a year to insure lots of eggs. Raising chickens has been a wonderful experience and we have learned so much. Plus the eggs are very tasty!