New Pond Farm is home to a small flock of free ranging chickens. Our spacious coop has been designed with distinct areas to accommodate our spring chicks, our mature laying hens and roosters, and should we need it-a quiet pen for birds that need special attention. The coop also has pop-out doors so that during the growing season, the flock can be rotated from one yard to another, taking advantage of fresh vegetation for their foraging. Members of our flock are free to enjoy fresh air and sunshine whenever they choose. We have a variety of breeds including Buff Orpingtons, Araucanas, and Golden Laced Wyandottes.
Our hens lay on average one egg a day. They are collected in the afternoon by our farmers, then washed and sold in the Dairy Annex. The egg color will depend on the chickens breed – our flock consists of white, brown, and even light blue layers.
Although they are fed grain on a daily basis, chickens love fresh greens, so summer is their favorite time of year. After working in the vegetable gardens, the farm staff frequently treat the chickens to a wheelbarrow of weeds and they couldn’t be happier!
The flock is an educational asset for our school field trip programs, our birthday parties, summer camp, and family farm chore programs. Everyone loves to collect the eggs!