So with spring finally here we decided to get some chickens. We used to have them and you can see what the pen used to look like before I got here. We also decided to get a rooster for when we decide to make the leap unto raising some chicks also.
The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord. - Job 1:21
My brother raises chickens (six silkies, one of which is a rooster, and seven other/bigger hens) and I stop by every once in a while to give them some nicer fruit and vegetable scraps (rather than composting). Watermelon bits are their favorite! In exchange, I get to collect some eggs and take them home to wash. The larger chickens free range, while the silkies stay in the coop+pen due to the native hawk population.
It's never too late to start gardening, and even the smallest project is worthwhile.
My (Japanese coturnix) quail laid four eggs for the third day in a row! They're just starting to lay, so a few of them I'm not certain of, but I think 8 of the 9 are hens? There's 1 confirmed cock and he doesn't crow like he would if he had competition. Their previous owner raised them on game bird crumbles, but I've been weaning them off of that; they eat maybe 20% commercial feed now and the rest is bugs/scraps/plants. As a few people mentioned earlier, they really don't use nest boxes and tend to lose interest in their eggs quickly, but mine do at least dig a nice hole to drop them in.
I have 6 Barred Rock hens who just started laying their first eggs in the last few weeks. I've got them composting a spot I want to garden on in the near future and will move them to a permanent spot in the near future.