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.

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Herd Dogs

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We have two dogs here at the urban farm – Lucy and Walker. They don’t actually herd but they do chase which ensures that everyone gets plenty of exercise. They chase chickens and we chase them. It’s a perfect closed system from our perspective. Photo below is Lucy.

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.