Pasture Raised Eggs

Pasture Raised Eggs Where Happy Hens have the run of the farm, scratching for seeds, bugs and worms.


Breezy wet weather make for happy resident ducks.

As the resident ducks happily waddle their way to “work” every morning checking out every damp puddle, boggy field, stream and pond, their lovely large eggs reflect this. Packed with protein and flavor eggs are a treat!


Wow. This heat and humidity. The hens are doing ok for the most part. Drinking lots of water, running from trade shade to house shade, holding their wings away from their bodies to cool themselves. The heat has caused the hens to lay less eggs. On the upside, there is plenty of dry dirt to dust bathe in.


Like the house cat that expresses her displeasure by taking a bathroom break on the bedroom floor, when the hens stay laying eggs on the floor of the coop it means the bedding in the laying boxes are not up to their standards. (I wonder who's really in control here :-)


Easter Peeps have graduated to Hen House allowing them to free range over the farm leaving their childhood home: The Nursery Coop. The Easter Peeps the kids on the block struggle to establish themselves among the mature hens. Daily squabbles, intense posturing, beat downs occur as the chickens work out the pecking order.


After 2 years the motley crew of resident ducks have decided to use the pond. Finally.


The Spring Peeps are doing well. The ducklings who are the same age as the peeps are amusingly gargantuan next to the peeps.


Rain is necessary. Sunshine is great! The no longer a boot stealing sloppy mess.


The new peeps are already showing their personalities. Some are bold, others retiring. Some like to sleep by themselves, other prefer to puppy dog pile up. The adventurous ones have explored the second stall already, the homebodies hang out in the corners of the main too.


New peeps have taken up residence in the Nursery Coop. Fluffy puffs with tooth pick legs. Tiny bundles of forever curious energy.


With the graduation of the Easter Peeps to the Green Coop (the mature hen house with the hen boxes), the Nursery reverts back to the Clinic. Just in time for a droopy hen in need of some peace and quiet.


After patching, cleaning, and lying fallow for a couple of months, the Brown Coop is open for business. The new hen door is considerably higher than the old hen door, requiring the use of high steps, but the curious hens figure it out in no time.


The Easter Peeps have been given Blue Leg Bands and merged with the mature hens. Boy is it nosy! Squawking, screaming, honking, flapping, hiding, dodging. General ruckus. And so it will be until the new pecking order among the two flocks.


The ducks love the wet weather dabbling in the runoff, bathing in the temporary creeks, leaving webbed footprints around the farm.


A month ago Black and White Swedish duck was broody, then another one decided it was time to sit on the nest. Now Four ducks are hanging out in the coop on the nests. It's an epidemic!


Temporarily unable to answer the call for Fresh Eggs from a local restaurant, my neighbor delivered the fresh"hen berries" for me. There was a Fresh Tub Butter exchanging hands. Ah rural life.


Red Stars easily share their nest with their flockmates. One favorite nesting box has 4 hens determined to lay their eggs at the same time.


The coops has several nesting boxes that have been co-oped by determine hens. These hens are broody meaning they are ready to incubate their eggs so refuse to leave their nests.


A neighbor has left her fresh cut hay for the hens. The hens are busy arranging the dried strands into classic round nests.


Free ranging hens also provide insect control services. Every day rain or shine the hens diligently check out all parts of the farm for tasty treats. Scratching, probing, chasing after insects.


Free Ranging provides healthy happy hens which produce delicious fresh eggs. Free ranging hens also provide self distributing fertilizer.


Ducks love this rainy weather.


I guess you can't build a better mouse trap. 😊


After a rodent induced massacre I declared war on the said rodent. A determined trip to the local feed store netted me contraptions of all sorts. Mechanical, chemical, new and improved, guaranteed, cute names all screamed at me from the packaging. After a weeks effort what proves to be the most effective but the old fashion wooden spring loaded trap baited with peanut butter.


Easter Peeps have settled in nicely. So tiny so fluffy so curious.


Spring. Mild temps. Late sunsets. And mud mud mud. Every where.


Wow. It's icy around the farm. It's funny to see a line of hens and ducks carefully making their way down the dug out paths to the clear patches around the farm.


Chicken were not interested in going outside in the snow storm. Today's clear skies and warmer temps had them gingerly foraging around the snow covered farm.


Fresh pine shavings from a local wood working shop. The hens and Easter peeps will love it.


Thank you to the gardener who pointed me to a source of leaf mulch. The coop smells so good. Woodsy and spicy.


Last falls peeps have graduated to the Big Girl hen house. The nursery coop is empty awaiting this year's Easter peeps.


A couple hours after lugging hot water to the coops for the hens, I went to check up on them. Already an ice film had developed. Brrr. It's cold.


Brrrr. It's cold. The hens are snug in their coops.


Easter Peeps will make their début in about a month. Come visit Fluffy Butt to meet these fluffy yellow cutie pies.


I thank all the gardeners taking the chicken manure out of the coop. Free natural fertilizer for them. Coop dug out for me. It's a win win.


Chickens are resilient creatures. When a hen looks off/droopy/too quiet, she is moved to the Clinic. At the Clinic, an empty coop, she has food, water, and most importantly, quiet. After a couple of days, she right as rain and ready to rejoin her flock mates free ranging the farm.


Thank you friends who save kitchen scraps, left over pulp from juicing, uneaten produce for the happy hens at Fluffy Butt Farm.


Winter is challenging for free ranging hens (and resident ducks). While they don't lack for food, water or shelter, there is an increase in foxes and hawks coming by. Already this week we chased off the fox twice.


Most of the free ranging hens give a stalking Crumpet the Kitten a wide berth, but there a couple hens w/ neck feathers raised wings cocked who will send Crumpet packing.


The hen house came thru three days w/ minor leaks.So pleased. But the leaks must be patched before winter arrives with snow, slush, ice and damaging freezing temps.


Crumpet the Kitten had he's first day out on the Farm. He was the "talk" among the Hens, Ducks and Guineas. The Farm residents all came to check Crumpet out, coming closer and closer until Crumpet scampered back to Mama.


New Guinea hatchlings. So tiny so cute. Nursery Coop has new additions.


N has named one of the peeps ... Hawk! Hawk rides around on her shoulders like a Pirate's Parrot. I wonder if Hawk will grow up confused?


The Peeps and Ducklings are enjoying the fine weather by venturing outside.


37938 Charles Town Pike
Purcellville, VA


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