Friday, June 3rd, is day 21 and therefore hatch day for our two broody hens, Rynn and Jodie. Rynn is sitting on 8 eggs from my friend Amy in Maryland, who very generously sent 6 Marans eggs and 2 Olive Egger eggs for my broody hens to hatch. Jodie is sitting on 7 eggs . . . → Read More: Countdown to more chicks: Updated post-hatch
Speckled Sussex and Golden Comets
This week, our first 25 chickens became a year old. This means the 24 females are now hens, as opposed to pullets, and the lone male is officially a rooster. All are doing very well. The hens began laying in August and have provided us and many friends and . . . → Read More: Spring = chicks
Una, a couple days old
mother and child. Una at 2 weeks old.
Two weeks ago today, Rynn, our latest broody hen hatched one of her eggs. I was concerned that our rooster was not fertilizing many eggs these days after his stressful winter being picked on by the . . . → Read More: Meet Una, our newest chick
We get a lot of questions about the difference between small farm raised eggs, like ours, and factory-farm eggs, like those available in the supermarket. There are many differences. Living conditions, feed, age, and all quality of life issues can effect how you eggs taste. I recently created this simple brochure to include with our . . . → Read More: Everything you ever wanted to know about fresh eggs
Rynn, one of our five Columbian Wyandottes, is broody for the second time since November. She went broody the first time right after Jodie did in the fall. Jodie hatched four chicks in December but I didn’t give any to Rynn. Now that Jodie’s chicks are almost 11 weeks old, I decided not to deny . . . → Read More: Another broody hen
As I’ve mentioned, the chickens refuse to go outside with snow on the ground. There has been snow on the ground all year. Until this week. We have finally had a week with daytime temperatures above freezing and gradually the hard-packed snow and ice is beginning to melt.
Yesterday most of the chickens ventured outside . . . → Read More: Free at last
The four new “Easter Egger” chicks are now six weeks old and are at least 4 times larger than when they hatched in early December, about the size of a pigeon. They are fully feathered and beginning to show signs of their adult coloring. While they still stick close to mom and cry loudly for . . . → Read More: New peeps update
The chickens are refusing to free-range in the snow but are getting bored cooped up in the hen house day after day. When chickens get bored they often start pecking each others feathers. Kurt, the rooster, has bore the brunt of most of this pecking and has been losing tail feathers. (hen-pecked, get it?)
To . . . → Read More: New Chicken cam: cabbage tetherball
Jodie, our broody Columbian Wyandotte pullet, has hatched our first group of new chicks.
On Saturday, 12/11/10, 4 new Easter Egg chicks hatched. All are doing quite well and Jodie is proving to be a excellent mother, teaching her babies to drink water and eat within their first few hours. Despite the freezing temperatures outside, . . . → Read More: New peeps hatched
Now that the canning season is over and the larder is full, I’ve been working on the label designs for all the items to be sold at farmers markets next spring. I’ve also found a unique egg carton to help make our beautiful eggs stand out from the rest. It’s a reproduction of an early . . . → Read More: It’s all in the packaging