Archive for July, 2009

Moving Day at the Farm

July 22, 2009

This past Saturday morning (7/18) we moved the coop from the hill overlooking the pond all the way to the near the apple tree up by the house.  The chickens had completely mowed down the previous pasture in two weeks (see the last photo) and the move gave them a new pasture and a new “jungle” as well.  All went well and some of the steps in the move can be followed in the photos below.

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A Double Yolker!

July 22, 2009

A day or two ago we got our first double yolk egg.  It was a smallish pullet egg, so I was very surprised when I saw the two yolks.  Hopefully, this presages eggs to come.  If you would like to learn more about eggs and nutrition I higly recommend the short video to be found at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=345XJ31pBgM&feature=channel.  In less than 3 minutes it gives you a very good overview of the nutrition of the egg and why good quality eggs are better for you than commercial eggs.  Tom

In the shade of the ‘ole walnut tree…

July 12, 2009

When we moved the chicken coop the last time the electonet fence for the first time enclosed a tree.  A small walnut tree.  The chickens love the shade of the tree and spend a lot of time under the tree.  A constantly changing culture of shade seekers engage the shelter of the tree and make for interesting observing.

My first eggs!

July 12, 2009

Well….  They aren’t my eggs, they are the first pullet eggs that I found.  One was in one of the nesting boxes in the coop and the other was in one of the chicken tractors outside the coop.   I was really thrilled!!  They are such beautiful little eggs.  Christianne is thinking of offering some of the pullet eggs to local chefs as a season special offering for their clients.   We’ve only had 6 or 8 so far, but should have many more soon.

New Pasture

July 5, 2009

Saturday morning early we took down the fence, moved the coop over to the south and west about 50 0r 60 feeet and then reset the fence.  This is quite a job and takes about 3 hours from start to finish.  But it’s worth it to give our hens new pasture.  The photo on the right is of the former site.  This was pretty much leveled to dirt in only a couple of weeks!

The First Eggs!

July 5, 2009

A couple of days ago we got our first eggs from the chickens, commonly called pullet eggs.  They are much smaller than the eggs from fully adult laying hens.  They are just as tasty, however.  Note that the egg on the right is from one of our hens, the one on the left being from a commercially available egg producer.  The yolk of our egg is a considerably deeper orange shade as the chickens are pastured every day and eat a lot of grass which makes the eggs more orange.  When our hens eat grass they ingest yellow-orange plant pigments called xanthophylls that give the yokes the deep orange color.  These pigments are related to carotenes that give the orange coloring to carrots and many other vegetables.

The Jungle is Gone

July 3, 2009

The “jungle” is gone.  Just a couple of weeks and a once seemingly impenetrable jumble of weeds and plastic deer fence is no more.  The chickens are ready to move on the the next pasture area, to work their magic again.

Jungle is Gone

Jungle is Gone