Cape Cod is rich with history. Our country was founded here in Massachusetts. In fact, did you know that prior to landing at Plymouth Rock, the settlers on the Mayflower first landed on Cape Cod? They were chased away by local Indians who inhabited that area. Now First Encounter Beach can be visited in its natural beauty. Today, we visited another piece of working history, Taylor Bray Farm in Yarmouthport, Massachusetts.
In 1639, the farm was founded by Richard “of the rock” Taylor while the land was still part of Plymouth colony. It remained in the Taylor family for many years until 1896, when the Bray brothers, who both worked on the farm for the Taylors, purchased the property. In 1987 the farm was purchased by the town. It is now run by the collaborative efforts of several preservation groups. Today, the smaller 22 acre property is a working farm. It has donkeys, goats, cattle, sheep and chickens.
As we arrived, we were lucky to discover that the morning chores were still being performed. The staff was cleaning the chicken coop and we were able to find out more about the flock and its history. The coop was updated in 2006. It is a very simple design.
The girls typically lay 2 to 8 eggs per day. With about 20 hens, many of them are at least over 5 years of age. Last Spring they had an issue with mites, thus many of the girls are missing feathers. These should grow back after they molt this Fall.
As we continued talking about the Bray Farm flock, the gentleman asked me if I had nice chickens. I replied yes. “You must consider them pets then”, he replied. “These chickens here are not pets.” If you ask me, I would beg to differ regarding his opinion about this flock. I believe that even though they are part of a working farm, they are receiving a wonderful gift from the farm. They are not depended upon for meat or eggs. They are allowed to live without providing anything in return. This made me happy.
It was nice to meet the flock on this overcast misty day. The best thing about chickens is that the weather doesn’t dampen their spirits. I also learned again about perseverance. The little blind girl certainly didn’t let her blindness stop her from living a wonderful life on the farm.
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This post is linked up to Homestead Revival’s Homestead Barn Hop.
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