- The yolks from our farm raised hens are darker than store bought.
- They DO taste better.
- They DO last longer (up to 3 months in the fridge). Longer by some accounts.
- The eggs you get at the store are upwards of 30-40 days old by the time they make it to the shelf at the market. I'd like to know the food I eat is as fresh as possible. 40 day old eggs are not fresh, even if the carton states "farm fresh eggs"!
- An egg contains all the building blocks of life! How else could it create another chicken?
- An egg contains all vitamins except for C
- They do not need to be stored in the refrigerator, however that has become the norm.
Saturday, June 22, 2013
Thursday, June 20, 2013
I find it all very fascinating.
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
As I write this post, it is raining AGAIN!
To those of my family scared by the huge number of chickens, take a deep breath and calm down. I have them posted on Craigs List and have a buyer for 3 pullets this Saturday. I will not keep all of them, I promise.
Monday, June 17, 2013
I don't think any of the others will hatch, but we left them with her for a couple more days. She's a very protective Momma, and is already training them on what is OK to eat. We gave her some fresh sweet corn, lettuce greens, and bread, to help her gain the weight she lost back, and also to give her a variety of things to eat. She was making a clucking noise when eating the sweet corn to let her chicks know it was something worth eating. They ran over and pecked at it, but they are still too young to really enjoy corn on the cob.
Dolly is still sitting on her eggs, and we should see something from her, if all is well in the next week or so.
We need to come up with an area for Connie and her two little ones, so she can stretch her legs, but not be bothered by the other hens. The large dog kennel is a nice large space, but I'm sure she misses scratching and the breeze in her feathers.
I just adore chickens!
Monday, June 10, 2013
Will they be more socially excepted in the flock?
Will they grow slower, quicker, or about the same?
We noticed Connie sitting in the nesting box a couple of weeks ago, and when I went to collect the eggs I got quite a growl. I knew something was up. She stayed on the eggs the entire day. We gave her three more days to make sure, and then the Moose moved her to one of the dog kennels we bought at a recent yard sale for $5, to keep her and the eggs safe and secluded. She didn't like the move very much, but after a about 10 minutes or so, she settled right down.
We placed a small container for water and feed just in case, and she has actually eaten a little. I don't think you can really tell in this photo, but she has really flattened herself out over those eggs.
They should hatch sometime this next week or so, if I'm guessing correctly.
We had another go broody as well, Dolly. The Moose moved her, and at the point we left The Compound on Saturday, she did not sit back on her eggs. She just started eating, like she hadn't eaten anything in a week!
I'm keeping my fingers crossed, she'll have settled down. More updates to come!
Sunday, June 9, 2013
|Aunt Elaine's Lilac Bush|
Saturday, June 8, 2013
Thursday, June 6, 2013
On our last full day in Wisconsin spent with the Moose’s Mom and her hubby Gene, we went rhubarb hunting! Moose’s Mom placed a few phone calls, and those few calls turned in to good prospects.
Interesting Rhubarb Facts:
- Some of the earliest records of rhubarb date back to China in 2700 B.C. and was used for medicine.
- It’s really a vegetable, part of the buckwheat family.
- One pound of fresh rhubarb yields about 3 cups chopped or 2 cups cooked.
- Ben Franklin is credited with being one of the first to send seeds to the American colonies.
- One cup of rhubarb contains as much calcium as a glass of milk, although not absorbed as well as dairy.
- Rhubarb leaves are toxic, they contain oxalic acid. They can be used to make a natural insecticide.
- Nothing tastes better than a strawberry rhubarb pie!