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The North Providence Breeze 04-24-2019

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12 SPRING IN THE VALLEY 2019 APRIL 24-MAY 1, 2019 | THE VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER I thought we need to do this ourselves," Jackie said. Hatching chickens quickly went from a hobby to a passion, and Jackie enlisted the help of Tommy and their three children, Alexis, 14, Gianna, 11, and Dylan, 9, to help. "They love it. They enjoy helping with the ani- mals and collecting eggs from the chickens. It's good for them, and it teaches them responsibilities," Tommy said. Currently, Spectrum Poultry breeds five variet- ies of chickens selected for the rarity and beauty of the chickens and color of the eggs, hence the name, Spectrum Poultry. The farm, located on Putnam Pike near the Chepachet Cemetery, bills itself as the home of the "organic colored egg-layers." The farm has six coops housing between eight and 10 hens and two roosters of each chicken breed including: • Croad Langshan, a large black chicken with iri- descent green feathers that lay dark brown eggs; • Black French Copper Maran, a black chicken with a ring of copper feathers around its neck known for its brown spotted eggs; • Ameraucana, with silvery-gray feathers and light blue eggs; • Olive Eggers, which come in a variety of colors but lay olive-toned eggs; • And Deathlayer, a black and white chicken named for the fact that it lays a single white egg every day from maturity to death. Hatching season begins in January, when Jackie said she'll take a test batch of eggs and incubate them to test for fertility rates. Rates increase depend- ing on the temperature outside, so one chore for the Zarr children is collecting eggs as soon as they get home from school. The family marks the date on top of each egg collected, and then begins the incubation process. Jackie said hens lay fertilized eggs until June. As the weather warms, she said fertilized eggs may sit at room temperature for up to seven days before going into an incubator or sitting under a brooding hen, a hen that decides to sit on and hatch eggs. After 21 days, a chick begins to peck, or pip, through the eggshell. Chicks start with an air hole, working their way across the shell and nearly split- ting the egg in half. Spectrum sells hatching eggs across the country from $60 to $85 per dozen, and sells chicks from $12 to $18 apiece. Jackie said the chickens from Spectrum Poultry are sold as attractive pets, show chickens for town or state fairs, or to be bred for the colorful eggs. Asked if the family ever has its chickens for din- ner, the Zarrs responded, in unison, no. "People who buy them are not purchasing them to eat. All the eggs can be eaten, but the chickens aren't meant for that," Jackie said. Alexis, a student at Ponaganset High School, explained how a family of five can quickly become a farm family, describing the arrival of their horse, King. "My parents really wanted him for a while, so they brought him home," Alexis said. King stayed at a stable across the street until the barn switched hands, bringing King home alone after living with more than a dozen horses. "He was lonely, so we got our pony, Bella. Then Bella was lonely, so we got Tinker Bell," Alexis said. "You can see how this happened," Tommy said from the other room. Gianna and Dylan each have a pet rabbit from 4H, and two rescue cats roam the home as well. Two border collies will arrive this month. Four of the family's original batch of yellow chick- ens live at the farm. One particularly fluffy rooster, which Alexis named Cookie, is known for including the family in his flock when corralling his hens. While Jackie learned breeding techniques to enhance the colors of the eggs, Tommy said he used his skills as an architect to build and reconstruct the chicken coops after a break-in from a black bear. "I had no idea it would turn into what it has. This is my passion and it's a learning experience for the kids," Jackie said. More information about Spectrum Poultry at Starhill Farm can be found on its Facebook page. JACKIE ZARR, left, began hatching eggs while teaching her 5th-grade class a life cycle lesson five years ago. 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