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. The coop also has pop-out doors so 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 Black Australorps (2017), Light Brahmas (2018), & Buff Orpingtons (2019).
Our hens lay on average one egg a day and are collected every 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 occasionally 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 pile 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!
This year’s chicks are are now mixed in with the adults, and are starting to produce brown eggs. Our next round will arrive in the Spring, stay tuned to find out what the breed for 2020 will be.
The Light Brahma is a very old breed of feather-footed chickens that originated from Asia. Light Brahmas are exceptionally quiet, gentle, and easy to handle. Their small pea comb, great size, and heavy feathering make them almost immune to cold weather. Hens are good brown egg layers, especially in winter. Light Brahma baby chicks are […]
A golden colored, very calm and docile breed that lay brown eggs and are very hardy in cold weather.
Pronounced Oss-tra-lorp are black with shiny green highlights to their feathers, and they produce brown eggs.