Look at this oat patch! It should be ready to harvest in a couple more weeks. I'm very excited about this, never having grown grain before (except corn).
There's an old story about Dr. Johnson, the famous English scholar (and scoffer at all things not-English), traveling through Scotland with Mr. Boswell, his Scottish assistant (and no slouch in the brains department, himself). Johnson, commenting on the prevalence of oats in the Scots' diet, said, "In Scotland they feed men what in England we only give to our horses."
Boswell, not missing a beat, replied, "Yes. England has better horses. Scotland has better men."
Yeah, us too. They're so annoying. I think everyone should own chickens at least once in their lives, just so they know what a wonderful thing it is not to own chickens. haha
We have about 20 red rangers (for meat) (oops, 18 now!) and a dozen Rhode Island Reds for eggs. We plan to get a pretty rooster next spring, probably a blue laced red wyandotte if we can find one, and gradually replace the hens with blue/red wyandottes and blue ameraucanas. That way we'll have blue and red-brown eggs! Wyandottes do really well here; they're tough to the cold and the laced varieties are sorta pretty, as chickens go.