Follow the shenanigans of a woman's attempt at going green while trying to raise a little one on a small ranch in Arizona with chickens and horses.
- Stuff we’re planning…
- What a week!
- And here we go again….
- Life Just Got Busy (and a kitten joined the house)
- Lilly’s Second Annual Twig Sighting
- Random Ramblings from the Ranch
- 5 Shades of What?! (Color-Run Eve)
- Mrs. Chicky Fix-it Mama at it again!
- Making Dishwashing Detergent
- My poor neglected blog.
- Camp Chicky Poo
- Chicken Coop Building
- Chicky on a Budget
- Chicky Pics
- Chicky Research
- Color Run
- Community Networking
- Egg'Layin' Fun
- Getting Geeky
- Giveaway Contest
- Green Life
- Hard Learned Lessons
- Home Life
- Life on the Ranch
- Lilly's World
- Runs With Scissors
- Starting Supplies
- Stay At Home Mom
- The Peanut
- Total Rants
I have no idea which one, but I believe one of the newer chicks has already started laying. I’ve had one extra egg per day, smallish size, so I’m thinking we might very well have a new layer. Sheesh, seems like I just brought them home not long ago.
They went from scared little fluffy butts to crazy chicks in 5 months, and I do mean crazy. For some reason, the yellow (buff orpingtons) act like they’re on crack. They are skittish and like to jump and run into everything. I really should record it, they’re really fast.
I have to say that so far, they are fairing the weather way better than last years chickens. I noticed that our pet store hasn’t had that type (black sx links) for awhile now too. I wonder if there’s a reason for that, hrm?
I should go take a pic of them tomorrow and see if I end up with more spare eggs.
I WISH I had the talent to do this with a paint brush. ( I can’t paint a straight line, period. Not with a real paint brush… now photoshop is a different ballgame). Anyway, my sister-in-law pinned this on Pinterest and I busted up laughing. Being that my site happens to somewhat revolve around chicken eggs, I felt it was fair to post it.
Plus I’m too tired to think of something to write.
Q: HOW LONG WILL THE EGGS KEEP?
A: Because your eggs are literally days old, fresh eggs can be kept refrigerated in their carton for at least 4 – 5 weeks beyond the pack date I’ve printed on the carton. Quality losses should be insignificant if the eggs are refrigerated as soon as possible after pickup (as I have them refrigerated right after I grab ‘em from the coop!) If you’re getting close to the end date and want to make sure they’re okay, submerge the eggs in water. If they sink, they’re good. If they float, they’re not.
Q: WHY ARE THE EGGS SMALLER RIGHT NOW?
A: Our chickens just started laying a couple weeks ago. Right now they are laying medium size eggs and will start to produce large to jumbo sized eggs within the year.
Q: IS THERE A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN BROWN AND WHITE SHELLED EGGS?
A: No. Shell color is determined by the breed of hen and is not related to quality, nutrients, flavor or cooking characteristics. Since brown egg layers are slightly larger birds and require more food, brown eggs are usually more expensive than white, in case you’re wondering why store-bought ones are more.
Q: ARE YOUR EGGS FERTILIZED?
A: Nope! We have NO roosters, all our eggs are unfertilized.
Q: WHAT CAUSES BLOOD SPOTS?
A: Small spots of blood (sometimes called “meat” spots as they’re often brown) are occasionally found in an egg yolk. They are caused by the rupture of a blood vessel on the yolk surface during formation of the egg. We do candling to look for them but sometimes they’re so small they’re not spotted.
Such eggs are suitable for consumption. The spot can be removed with the tip of a knife if you wish, but do not need to be removed, they are perfectly safe. As an egg ages, water moves from the albumen into the yolk, diluting the blood spot. Thus, a visible meat spot actually indicates a fresh egg.
Q: WHY ARE SOME HARD-COOKED EGGS DIFFICULT TO PEEL?
A: Fresh eggs may be difficult to peel. Those which have been stored for a week to 10 days before cooking will usually peel more easily. Because we do not rob our chickens of vital nutrients nor feed them modified foods to increase egg production like the big guys do, the shells are calcium fortified and are much thicker and harder to crack open.
Q: WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN YOUR EGGS AND THE ONES IN THE STORE?
A: We raise our chickens with care. They are not caged, tortured or fed chemically modified gross crap to make them produce faster. Ick!
They are fed fresh vegetables and 100% plant-based all natural feed with no animal fillers or hormones. I’ve raised these chicks by hand since they were 2 weeks old.
Your eggs were provided with love from: Amy Farrah “Fowler”, Beaker, Wilbur, Geeter, Duck, Nora or Boba Fettuccini.
So after several months of this god-awful screech/warble the chickens have made, my husband and I were out on the porch yesterday morning and hear
Cluck cluck cluck B-GOK!!!
The chickens are finally finding their voices! Some are still doing to screech/warble but they’re getting there. We were kinda worried that maybe something was wrong with them since they didn’t sound like, well, chickens… but apparently that’s an age thing.
We had another 5 eggs this morning, which means almost each of my hens left a gift this morning. (4 yesterday)… I still think it’s hilarious to find chicken “butt” imprints in the hay each day. They really love to nestle down!
So I officially have my first dozen eggs! Took 10 days, they really went to town layin’ these first eggs.
Technically, there’s been 14 but we lost 2. But I decided to save up the next 12 so I could take a picture of the carton of eggs.
These are smaller because it’s our chicken’s first eggs. They will get bigger as they lay more. (Ask Chickypoo fan and fellow Egg Mama Erica P, one of her chickens laid an egg so huge it fit the entire palm of her hand!!! It was massive! Poor chicken!)
Anyway, I’m very excited as you can tell!
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