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2010 in review

January 2, 2011

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

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The Leaning Tower of Pisa has 296 steps to reach the top. This blog was viewed about 1,100 times in 2010. If those were steps, it would have climbed the Leaning Tower of Pisa 4 times

 

In 2010, there were 12 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 25 posts. There were 17 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 3mb. That’s about a picture per month.

The busiest day of the year was February 7th with 47 views. The most popular post that day was What do grass fed chickens eat in February?.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were facebook.com, images.yandex.ru, mail.yahoo.com, ithacasfoodweb.blogspot.com, and ithacasoundmaze.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for gathering eggs, steep hollow farm ithaca, sustainable chicken project, sustainable chicken, and steep hollow farm.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

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What do grass fed chickens eat in February? February 2010
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About the Sustainable Chicken Project. June 2009
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Become a Member June 2009

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Preparing Food Scraps June 2009

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“Chicken Surprise” August 2009

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Our First Jumbo Egg

August 17, 2009

A couple of days ago I found a really large egg.  It was easily the largest I have seen so far.  I did a little research and discovered that we have our first jumbo egg.  To be classed as “jumbo” an egg must weigh at least 2.5 ounces.  Our egg weighed 2.6 ounces (73.8 g.) and measured 2-11/16 inches (6.8 cm.) by 1-3/4 inches (4.4 cm.)  And it was from a hen that was not quite 6 months old!  (Most of our hens turned 6 months old on Aug. 15-16.)  It was a double-yolker to boot!  Good work little hen.

Eggs for Sale!

August 14, 2009

We are now getting full-sized eggs, still mixed in with pullet eggs as our hens are of varying ages.  We have sold our first few eggs to our food scrap subscribers and will be selling them at one or two nearby local outlets as well in the coming weeks.  And good eggs are good for you!  See http://www.incredibleegg.org/health.html for more information on egg nutrition.  Our eggs are not certified organic, but meet many of the criteria of organic eggs–organic grains only, no antibiotics, hormones or other feed additives, no beak trimming (a horrible practice!), pasture-raised, free-ranging life-style.   For some information on the difference between organic eggs and “conventional” eggs see http://ezinearticles.com/?Supermarket-Eggs-vs-Organic-Eggs-From-Free-Ranging-Chickens&id=1546825 and http://trusted.md/blog/vreni_gurd/2006/12/01/conventional_vs_organic_vs_free_range_meat_poultry_eggs_and_dairy.  An Internet search will reveal many other sources of information pointing to the superior qualities of organic methods in the production of eggs.

Chicken or Egg?

August 14, 2009

I think the chicken came first.  On top of that they do some really cute stuff.  Take look at two of our girls in the same next box… and the eggs on which they were sitting.

“Chicken Surprise”

August 14, 2009

“Chicken Surprise” is not a fancy new chicken recipe.  It is what the chickens gave us–a REAL surprise–when we last moved the coop on August 1st.   The coop move was was uneventful.  We have moved the coop several times now and have worked out most of the bugs of the move.  But looking back to where the coop had been I saw dozens and dozens of eggs that had been laid under the coop!!  We were wondering why our egg production wasn’t ramping up and now we know why.  The things one learns the hard way as novice chicken farmers.  We suspected that something strange was going on, but we had no idea how easy it was for the hens to get under the coop to do their laying!

Christianne’s daughter spent quite awhile gathering the eggs and her father, Tom, seen driving the tractor in some of our photos, opened up all the eggs and inspected each one.  Only four or so of the 128 eggs collected were bad.  Christianne cooked up many of them and fed them to the chickens.

We spent nearly 2 hours “securing” the open borders of the chicken coop.  We need to develop a better system for the next move, but we used fencing, chicken wire, boards and rocks to seal up the access to under the coop.  All of a sudden the egg production went way up!  We are now at about 50 eggs per day with more standard-sized eggs than pullet eggs.  There are about 15 hens that are behind the initial shipment of chicks we received in mid-February, so our production should peak somewhat higher over time.

We are hoping for no more “Chicken Surprise” any time soon!

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.

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!