Posts Tagged ‘eggs’

Even though it’s winter, we’ve been very busy around the farm! Here’s a summary of just some of the activities from the past few weeks: New Dairy Goat! Hello, my name is Adrienne, and I have a livestock problem. If you’ve been with us for a while, you may have heard us say 2015 is […]

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Snowy Wednesday!

It’s another snowy January day here on the homestead! Most of the animals don’t like being in the snow, choosing to stay under cover. These chickens ventured out, probably to see if I had any treats for them! Unfortunately for them, there were no treats this time.

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For about a month now we’ve been experimenting with a fodder system for feed. It’s still in the experimentation phase, but I thought I’d share our results so far. After some research, we decided to play around with growing barley fodder. It could lower our feed costs, plus we really like the idea of having […]

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We’ve had hens laying for about 4 months now and wanted to share a chart of our egg production. Our expectations were certainly different than what the results ended up being. The variation in egg production from day to day was a surprise to us, as well as the relatively low numbers of eggs given […]

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Duckling Update

Remember those adorable little ducklings that arrived in the beginning of November? We kept the ducklings in a brooder for a few weeks as it was so cold outside, and they didn’t have any insulating feathers yet. Overall the brooder worked fine, but if you’re considering ducks, be aware that they smell! They love to […]

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You may have read a previous post where we mention that in the spring we fermented our chicken feed. We stopped doing this over summer because wetness breeds fly problems. Around the end of August the fly population dropped and we began fermenting chicken feed again. Here’s a quick summary of why and how we do […]

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Ducklings!

We have a new species on the farm: ducks! We have discussed ducks for a while, but we didn’t want to commit to more animals unless they added value. Since our eggs are selling like crazy, we realized we could use more egg layers. I’m happy with the number of chickens we have and didn’t really […]

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This weekend we made some updates to the hoophouse we built for the laying hens a couple months back. Overall the hoophouse has been doing great, but we found a few places we could make some one-time improvements that could cut down on the time we spent doing periodic maintenance. The first thing we addressed […]

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Broody Hen (Again)

You may remember when last month we wrote about breaking a hen of her broodiness (article here). Since that time we have had to break broodiness again, and this week we had a hen go broody again! All three times the hen has been a Buff Orpington. Since all the Buff hens look the same, […]

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Broody Hen

This week we had the adventure of dealing with a broody hen! I realized a hen was broody when I went to close up the chicken coop for the night, and one of the Buff Orpington hens was in a nesting box. The Buffs are really good about sleeping on roosts, so I knew she […]

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This spring and summer were our first on the homestead, and we are very happy with how much we accomplished. We were able to begin producing some products to sell, chicken and eggs, but primarily this year was a foundational year of laying the groundwork for various endeavors. Meat Chickens In the spring we raised about […]

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Jumbo Eggs

Did you know there are standards defining egg sizes? Chickens start out laying eggs that are relatively small. As they age the eggs they lay get bigger. We have been enjoying the small to medium-sized eggs our hens have been laying, many of them contain “double yolks” which makes them extra-nutritious. Today, however, we received a […]

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In the first post of our hoop house build, I detailed how we built the frame for the hoop house. Here I will detail the rest of the process: covering it, getting it setup for chickens, and getting the chickens in it! We recently picked up some white tarps at a garage sale, in fact that purchase […]

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Today I stumbled upon this article, which summarizes the results of numerous studies highlighting the health benefits of eating eggs. The author highlights how egg consumption has not been shown to increase cholesterol in most people, and how no research shows egg consumption links to heart disease. In fact, eggs contain many wonderful nutrients: B vitamins, […]

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As we celebrated our first eggs from our laying hens, I wanted to mark the occasion by preparing them differently than our standard method of over medium.  I remembered a friend talking about egg-in-a-hole, and that seemed like an interesting way to make the eggs, especially since I had just made some bread!  I loosely […]

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We collected the first egg from our flock today!  For a couple of weeks we’ve been eagerly anticipating the arrival of eggs.  The earliest chickens are known to lay is 16 weeks, but the breeds we have typically lay later than that.  This egg came at 19.5 weeks.  For the hen that laid the egg, […]

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We started our first chicks with the typical feed setup: dry conventional feed in a basic plastic chick feeder.  Within weeks, though, we knew the basic setup wasn’t ideal.  We quickly switched to organic feed, and currently get our feed from Countryside Organics.  In the near future we plan on making our own custom feed […]

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We have some more chickens here on the farm!  We have exciting plans for laying hens, and we realized the 20 hens (well, 19 hens and 1 rooster) we have just wouldn’t be enough for all our plans.  So, we got more birds!  We picked up another two dozen laying hens.  A couple should be […]

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Its now been about three weeks since we first installed our bees and I wanted to share with you how they are doing. We were a little apprehensive after first getting them installed because we went on vacation for a week three days after installing them and worried something might happen while we were gone […]

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According to a post on backyardchickens.com this ad was circulated in poultry magazines back in the early 20th century. After doing some research about the benefits of raising your own chickens and research done leading up to our family’s decision to not eat commercially raised meat I really found the message of this ad appealing. […]

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