Having chickens provided a food source for the early settlers. Besides the chicken itself, they provided eggs to supplement the settlers diet. Mostly the chickens just ran loose. One of the kids chores would be to locate the nest and gather the eggs. Sometimes evergreen trees were planted close to the house for a roosting tree. For those fortunate enough they built a hen house. This made the gathering of eggs a simpler task and shelter for the chickens. The hen house here at the Mountain Farm Museum was relocated from the Indian Camp Creek are of the smokies near Cosby, Tennessee. The Mountain Farm Museum is located at the Cherokee NC entrance to the Great Smoky Mountain NP.