Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Egg Count

I haven't talked about the chickens for a bit, but they are always popular around here.  Lydia and Malachi are especially fond of the chickens and anything to do with chickens.  I found a book at the library called Chickens to the Rescue  by John Himmelman, which is a really cute picture book, and we have read that several times.  This weekend, the kids took pom pom balls and yarn and made dozens of homemade chicks.  I keep finding these all over the house.

As far as our actual chickens, they are doing quite well.  I only let them into the whole yard for an hour or two a day, since they have a tendency to scatter out into the neighbor's yard, but they have plenty of space in their higher-fenced yard, which we call the second yard.  They always have access to a very small first yard that we've covered the top with netting to keep out predators.  So every morning, I let them into the second yard and give them table scraps to eat. They love that.  They must be pretty happy hens, because they lay very well.  We have 15 hens and 1 rooster.  For several weeks, we were getting 14 eggs a day.  For the last week or so, we've been getting about 12 a day.  It may drop a bit since there is a cold front coming through today, but the last time a cold front came through, they didn't drop in production.

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