Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Eggs - An Update

I figured it had been a while since I gave you all an update on our chickens hens and eggs. If my Dad had been reading this blog he would be horrified at how many times I've talked about our chickens and how they lay eggs. Growing up on a small farm, I was constantly reminded about the fact that chickens were meat birds and hens laid eggs. So from here on out, I will do my best to refer to our fowl as "hens". Just a heads up.

We've fallen into a nice little routine when it comes to our little mini-farm we've got going on. Dan does most of the work such as buying feed and shavings (the one time I bought feed I got the wrong one, oops!), cleaning out the coop, watering and feeding them and collecting the eggs. I do pitch in though and help collect eggs and give them feed if I get home before him. But since he does do most of it, I wanted to give him the credit.

But this weekend, I did collect the eggs and feed our hens and I documented it on camera so that you could feel a part of it. And see what our daily routine is.

First, I collect the eggs. Ignore all the poop in the background of this picture, we need to clean out the coop.


Then I give them their feed. You can't actually see their feed or where it even goes because they are too busy being greedy little hens and crowding around their bowls. I guess they were hungry.


I stepped back and took another picture to give you a better idea of where the live during the winter months. They still have access to outside but on cold days, they spend most of their time in here.


Once I get the eggs, feed them and check their water supply, I'm done out here. I then move indoors with my cute little basket of eggs. Thank you Mom for giving me this egg collecting basket, it works perfectly.


We normally get between five and six eggs a day. We have six hens but some times one of them gets lazy. Oh well, five is still a decent number. Once inside, I go over the eggs to check if they need to be washed. If they are clean, they go directly into the carton but if they aren't, they get washed under hot water.


Once they are all clean and dry, they go into the egg carton.


And then into the fridge! Once a dozen is complete, we put the date on a piece of masking tape and put it on the end of the carton. That way we know how old each dozen is. We then sell them to friends. We are building up quite a clientele.



So that is how our hens and eggs are doing. We are hoping to expand our little farm come spring with some more hens and meat birds again.


4 comments:

  1. Are you going to come and buy some off us? :P We charge $3/dozen.

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  2. Wow, half a dozen a day must add up quick! Are you going to start posting some yummy recipes that incorporate eggs? :)

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  3. Erin, I have yet to find too many cool recipes that include eggs. I just use them in random recipes. But I will try to remember this and keep my eyes open for one!

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