Wednesday, January 1, 2014

An Interview With The "Chicken Man"

Today I did an interview with my younger brother who we nicknamed "the chicken man". He was in charge of our family's 100 laying hens. He has a great sense of humor and on the farm always either wore a Jonsered chainsaw cap or an American Poultry Association cap.

Q: What was your favorite part of taking care of chickens? A: Graphing egg production

Q: What did you have to do to take care of the chickens? A: Feed and water the chickens, check to make sure they have enough minerals, collect eggs, wash eggs, close and open the chick coop, flip the hay once a week, and change the hay around once every six months.

Q: What was your funniest chicken experience? A: When a chicken got stuck in a fly trap.

Q: What was the hardest part of taking care of chickens? A: Taking the chickens' water container's top off and carrying the watering container when it was filled with water.

Q: Were you a member of any chicken-raiser's group? A: I was a member of the American Poultry Association.

Q: What was the average number of eggs you collected daily? A: 60

Q: What was the smallest egg you've ever collected? A: The size of a robin egg.

Q: What's the most unique egg you've ever found? A: A fossilized egg under an old chicken coop.

Q: Did you ever have any certification for your eggs? A: Our eggs were certified naturally grown.

Q: What's your favorite kind of laying hen? A: Production Reds

Q: What did you feed your chickens? A: Our own mix of freshly ground certified organic wheat, oats, corn, soybeans, and a few added minerals

Q: Did you need a permit to sell eggs? If so, what does that entail? A: Yes, we needed a permit. Our facilities were inspected and we had to wash the eggs in bleach-water

Q: What would you like to tell your readers before we close? A: Thank you for reading and have a wonderful 2014!

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