with a family of five, we consume about 2 dozen eggs a week... we started looking into keeping a backyard flock of hens! not only will the fresh eggs be great, but i also think the kids are going to really benefit from the responsibility of careing for them! plus, they can be great pets!
this is a picture of the coop we are going to build...building our hen house with some simple diy plans, is a much cheaper option than buying one. one ready made can run up to $2000 and higher! since we live in new england, where we have some really cold winter weather...we are looking to raise a hearty cold-weather layer, like the barred rock or the rhode island red!