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New Year and eggs January 8, 2011

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Well, it has been one heck to the new year for us here at the farm. Way too much snow and then rain and then more snow. This is the most snow we have seen since moving too TN 5 years ago.

Poor chickens are locked up in coop once again. Now going on 4 days straight. We have over 6 inches of snow on the ground. It is a real pain getting to coop to feed and water the chickens. Can not wait till we get back deck in so it is not so hard to get to coop. As of now I have to walk down hill on muddy grass or icy grass. Being very careful as I slipped already out front of front steps when they were wet. Took care of them with some stick on grit pads. Wider than the ones used for tubs.

On a good note chickens are laying more now. Now that days are slowly getting longer some more hens have kicked in. We are getting anywhere from 3 to 6 eggs a day now. Before they were locked up they even had a outside nest on west side of house that our dog showed to hubby. She is such a good dog. Wouid never have known it was there for I am never over on that side of house.

I am not sure when chickens will get out again as we have another snow storm coming. At this rate I will need snow shoes. Dog loves it all she wants to do it get snowballs thrown at her. Wish I could stay out to play but I caught chest cold right after newyears day after I feel. Here wishing everyone a safe and propspeous new year. Keep warm all.

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The robins are here. February 22, 2010

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Couple of days ago hubby and I spotted a flock of robins next to the road in a field. So glad to see them as this has been one long and hard winter. I really thought it would never end.

But the chickens came threw like champs. Laying a solid dozen all winter for us. Least we have had is 9 this past 2 months. Now we are up to 16. I expect a few to go into moult that have not yet.

Egg size has changed alot in the past 2 month too. We were getting just med and large. Now we are getting up to jumbo from one hen and a few xlarge and many close to xlarge. The jumbo really suprised us as we were sure it would have been a double yoker. But no it was a true jumbo no double yoke. When temps warm up even more I will find out who is laying that jewel and make sure she is bred.

So far they are all doing great, no one got any frost bite this year. No more losses to hawks either. Our local crows have realing been protrolling the place. I hope to have new pics soon. We have not seen sun until two days ago, after almost 2 months of no sun due to weather.

Heat wave comming. January 11, 2010

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Weather report for today 32 for a high. It is that now here for us so I suspect we might get a little higher. In the next couple of days we will see a high of 50 here. I can not wait no more of these low teens durning the day and 5 degrees at night temps. Wonderif we will have a repeat of last year with a real warm Feb.

Saturday we bought themometers one for the house and one for the coop. The house one does inside and outside it is digital with the leader that goes out threw the window. We have that one close to front door. Here is what we did not know local humidity here is 26 percent right now. That is way low.

Now the coop one is not that fancy just a plain old plastic unit that gives temp and humidity. According to that one coop humidity is around 68 percent. Temps in there are just a few degrees over outside temps. Now can you imagine if my coop that is very well ventalated and open up top was not how high would that humidity be. Most coop are not as open as mine is people just put in windows and made them draft free. Which in most cases is sealed up tight so mosisture build up more. Heck right now my coop is way more humid than even my house is right now. Yet we still have no frostbite at all and we still have snow of the ground. Yes, girls are out in it everyday.

On another note tailless has grown back most of her head and neck feathers. But not all of here tail as of yet. We are still getting between 11 to 14 eggs a day. Even with the dang hawks flying over head. Thank goodness for our local crows. They have been a big help this year.

Winter chickens December 14, 2009

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Thia weather is wacked and I am surprised the chickens are not sick from the changes. But they are doing great. Not frostbite at all that I can see. We have had a couple of nights down to the low teens. Yesterday it rained like crasy and it got warm then cold again. So far chickens take it in stride even staying out in that weather all day.

We still need to cut that smaller door for them. Weather just being friendly enough when hubby home. I have since put a trap on the side of the coop that they were going under to lay eggs. That has helped as we have since gotten 13 in one day. They are avg 10 now. It is a good thing too for I now have standing orders for eggs.

Last week I sold 8 dozen and I gave a way 3 to my neibors. Hubby has a buyer at work that is buy to 18doz cartons each week. At out local hang outI have 2 that are buying each time we bring them in. For this coming week I have 5 wanting eggs for xmas cooking. Lay chickens lay.

We bought a goose for our Xmas dinner. Because one I had never eaten one and hubby has not had one since years. He grew up on a family farm where they raised cows and pigs and a few geese. They also grew there own feed. Now hubby is talking about us getting geese here if I like our goose for xmas. Little does he know that I already checked into that long time ago. I just never went further with it for we did not have an area then for them. Guess we need to expand the coop in that area too beside for more chickens.

I want Pilgrim Greese. I did have a source for them but do not know if they still have them. This past few years here have been hard on many with a hard drought and loss of jobs. I will have to look into who has them local once again. I will also post the recipe for the goose when I find one I like. Not sure if we are going to do my mushroom stuffing or not with it. That depends if I find another that sounds more interesting.

Oh I forgot we had a interesting hawk day here last week. Big redtail came in and got chased off by our crows. Love those crows. Anyway a young coopers hawk I guess got scared and landed by one of our cars. They chickens were not that far away from it but were not scarred of it either as it was smaller than them. I went out thinking it was hurt only to find it was trying to avoid the crows. They chase it far away. Such good crows. We are buying feed for songbirds this week and putting up more feeders. We will not be chasing crows away this year.