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3 good things (fresh egg version) February 26, 2009

Posted by Beth in 3 Good Things.

1. Collecting them from one of the ladies.

2. House Decor.

3. Rich yellow yolks –and because I add flax seed to the laying crumble, full of omega-3.





1. Lynne - March 2, 2009

I’m so excited! We just ordered our “ladies” today!

2. haynesbe - March 3, 2009

That is exciting. What breed(s) are you getting?

3. Lynne - March 3, 2009

Rhode Island Red, Golden Laced Wyandotte, Easter Egger, and Barred Plymouth Rock – all supposedly good egg layers, hearty throughout the winter and don’t mind being confined. We got two of each so that we could compare breeds and and lessen the likelihood that we attribute “crazy chicken” to an entire breed when it was just that one.

Do you have any experience with these breeds?

4. haynesbe - March 3, 2009

Not sure what an Easter Egger is, unless it is another name for Americana or Araucana which lay greenish eggs. We have had all of the ones you list except the Rhode Island Red. I agree they are all good layers, and none of ours have been wild or crazy. We went pretty exotic when the kids were showing at the county fair. The wildest one was an Egyptian Faymous http://www.cacklehatchery.com/egyptainfayoumispage.html whom we named Isis. She was small, light and very flighty so she kept getting away over the fence. None of the hens were mean, but we occasionally got a rooster that would get loud and aggressive before we could find a new home.

5. haynesbe - March 3, 2009

Oops. I meant to tell you what kind we have now.
2 Dark Brahamas, an Araucana, a silver-laced Wyandotte, a Black Star, a partridge Silkie, a White-crested Polish, and a Mille Fleur.

6. Lynne - March 3, 2009

Ooooh. Some fancy ladies, I see.

7. haynesbe - March 4, 2009

Taking care of my ladies today, I thought of a few tips—which I unfortuately learned the hard way.

Coop floor: We initially just had chicken wire under dirt. It lasted for ten years keeping the raccoons and skunks out—but not the rats. With our latest upgrade, I put cement pavers on the floor, and we have been rat free since.

Yard care: Weather permitting, I let the girls out to free range, and they ever-so-graciously fertilize my lawn. However, their little calling cards are not appreciated by those with bare feet or Vibrum soles—so when I need to clean up after them, I just squirt the droppings with the garden hose using a spray nozzle, and they melt away into the grass.

I will let you know if I think of any more.

8. Lynne - March 5, 2009

Thank you – I have passed the first on to the chief coop designer and will keep the second in mind.

Do you have the Vibram Five Finger shoes? If so, how do you like them?

9. haynesbe - March 5, 2009

RE: Vibrum 5 finger shoes. No I don’t. Had never hear of them so I looked them up on the web. Boy do they look weird!

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