Top 5 Chicken Misconceptions. I’m giggling while I type this over here. We hear some interesting questions about our chickens. Many from people who have even raised chickens themselves, and some thoughts from people who have never had the chance. So, I’m going to clear the air, list my favorite, and tell you how it really is. Ready to learn something new, and laugh with me?
1. No Rooster Needed
This first one is important. You do not need a rooster to get eggs from your hens. What!? If you don’t have a rooster, your eggs will NOT hatch chicks, but your hens will continue to lay. So if you ever go on the show Survivor, and you are given chickens, eat the rooster first!
2. Pet Chickens
This one is lesser known, and gives me a good laugh every time I get to explain it. “My chickens love being held, they even crouch down for me to pick them up!” Well, actually, chickens crouch in that position to be bred by the rooster….
3. Chicken Free Ranging Lessons
Chickens go back to their coop every night by themselves. We have been asked if we have to gather them all up every night. I guess you could if you want to, but there is no need. Once they know where their home is, they will go back when the sun sets. Then all we have to do is go lock up their coop for the night. We have a neat chicken tractor that you can see here.
4. How to Get Orange Yolks
Free range chickens are healthier, and healthy chickens lay eggs with nice orange yolks. Yeah, not always. There are many reasons why they could be more or less orange. They could be low in the pecking order and not be getting enough nutrition, if it’s Winter and no bugs out, the yolks will likely be pale yellow. Some breeds even seem to have more orange yolks than others. You can still gauge a healthy egg from a less nutritious egg by the yolk color, but it’s not an end all be all. This picture below are eggs from 3 different chickens in our flock, they are all fed the same.
5. Chicken Breed Determines Egg Color
Eggs come in many colors, but most people think they only come in white and brown. In the stores the white eggs are marketed as eggs from highly productive caged hens. Then you have the more expensive brown eggs labeled organic or cage free. A few people have assumed that our chickens only lay brown eggs because they live on a farm. Well, we have chickens that lay white, brown, green, blue, olive, brown with poka dots, and dark brown. They all eat the same feed, and free range together. The breed of chicken is what determines what color her egg will be.
What are some chicken misconceptions that you have heard?