Our chickens are our well-loved pets that give us breakfast. At present, about half of our chickens are happy to be picked up for a cuddle and a kiss. The others are a bit more independent, but all of them insist on hanging out with us in the yard and getting involved in whatever we're doing. They free range during the day, eating lots of healthy stuff because we use no pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, antibiotics or other potentially toxic chemicals.

We have many breeds of chickens, so we have many different colors of eggs and in a variety of sizes. The Silkies are my special kids; they're so beautiful and have such wonderful dispositions that make them the ideal pet! Fluffy and soft with adorable little top hats, Silkies lay small eggs that are highly prized in Asian countries for their supposed medicinal benefits. If you want to know the real joy of raising chickens, we'll sell you fertile Silkie eggs and you can raise your own!

We also recently started our quail flock with 27 little Japanese Coturnix babies that would fit in a teaspoon on the day they arrived. Quail start laying eggs at about 45 days old, so we expect to find our first eggs within a few days. Quail eggs are much more nutritious than chicken eggs. They cannot harbor salmonella and are a great alternative for folks who are allergic to chicken eggs. The eggs are so healthy that, when used for medicinal purposes, it is advised to eat them raw. Learn more.

We also have Khaki Campbell ducks. These are small ducks that lay an egg about the size of a jumbo chicken egg. Duck eggs have richer yolks than chicken eggs and are another option for people with chicken egg allergies. Duck eggs are highly prized for baking.

We can't eat all the eggs we get any more and get great joy from people telling us how delicious the eggs are from our farm. I don't see how anybody could make a living from selling eggs alone, but the income helps offset the costs to feed and house them.