Egg Production and Planting the Garden

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We are seeing between 3-5 eggs per day and looking forward to more egg production as our pullets come into maturity. We have settled on 11 chickens and that feels like a pretty reasonable number for now.

Next weekend we will be getting our plants in the ground. We have had an unseasonably cool spring/summer setting records for low temps. The rest of the country is setting records for high temps. I feel fortunate but I am certain that some of our vegetables need more time in the ground to get the season length they need to fully grow. We’ll see.

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A Five Egg Day

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Eggs!

For two days in a row! It’s been pretty awesome with us coming into our regular egg pattern around here. We have 14 chickens but had only been getting 2-3 eggs and were only really sure of one of them being a layer. Now we are pretty much on to six of them due to the egg colors (we have Ameraucanas among others). This is allowing us to sell three of our pullets to another urban farmer tonight and recoup more than half of what we spent so far on this year’s ladies. Awesome! To add to the urban farm humor, here is the difference we saw in egg size today.

Back in Action!

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It’s hard to believe it’s been so long that I’ve neglected my blog but I am back in the saddle so to speak. We are up to 14 chickens – 6 hens and 8 pullets and enjoying a much larger coop and yard. We moved to a larger home in early spring which is a time-consuming endeaver. Our urban homesteading venture is getting fully underway again and we are excited about it.

Egg Production

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It’s been 9 days since we moved three new chickens into our little urban farm. Even with the stress of riding up the freeway in their coop and being somewhat manhandled by an enthusiastic 9-year-old boy, these ladies got right to work. Our total production has reached 20 (!!) eggs. Pretty crazy, right? Given that we were given a very large bag of food for free when we picked up the chickens, this has cost us nothing except for the elbow grease of keeping the coop clean. Unfortunately we bought five dozen eggs at Costco a few days before we made the decision to bring these already laying chickens home. We’ve been eating a lot of quiche! Tonight we will have pasta carbonara. We can hardly wait to get through the Costco eggs and get started on the fresh free-range eggs from our ladies.