In the early morning light, David turns off the electric fence which protects the chickens from foxes and coyotes. The chickens wait patiently for him to unhook the fence. Various shades of brown and white feathered hens forage for three hours before the brood is fed an all natural layer mash. Since mid-summer, when egg production wasn't quite up to par, the yolks have taken on a richer color. The chickens also devour kitchen scraps such as corn cobs, watermelon ri tomato and pear cores, peels, and seeds.