Posts Tagged ‘eggs’

Readers, friends, and fellow farmers, what a summer it has been! If you’ve never worked full time, had a newborn, and attempted to get a new farm afloat, well you just haven’t lived! Take it from me, it brings the word exhaustion a whole new meaning. But, it’s most definitely worth it.

There have been so many things happen, and so many things more we want to do. The summer is just flying by, and one of the things that’s had to go by the wayside is our blogging. So I’d like to give you an update. Because of lack in mental gumption, I’ll use pictures to do the talking. Enjoy!

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-Linde

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Okay, not HERE, exactly, but they are three doors down at my neighbor Mel’s place. If you recall, she’s an angel kind of neighbor, and agreed to keep our babies until after OUR baby gets here. I know, we have the best neighbors ever.

Anyway, I waddled my way over there to snap a couple pictures and cuddle a few fluffy little fuzz balls. They’re so darn cute. And just think in 4 months or so, they’ll be providing a whole bunch of families with fresh, healthy eggs! We ended up with 13, (a bakers dozen, if you will), because the hatchery has a “meal maker” deal that they give you an extra chick for free if you agree to donate eggs or meat to a local food shelter. I have the contact information for an emergency food pantry not too far from here, so I hope to arrange a weekly donation of extra produce and a dozen (or more) eggs once things are in full swing.

So, without further ado, enjoy these pictures of the babies! 🙂

Baby Chicks, 1 day old

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-Linde

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Whether it’s the past few weeks of 90-degree days, or the tormenting neighbor dog, the chickens are on vacation. There was a blissful two weeks where all but one of the chickens was laying, and we had at least 2 dozen eggs in our fridge at any given time. Now, I’m lucky if they squeak out a half dozen a week. Boo.

They aren’t sick. As a matter of fact, they all look better than they have since we got them. Fat and feathery. Maybe they’re too spoiled, and just decided the working life wasn’t for them anymore. Whatever it is, they’re having none of it. Therefore, you and I are also having none of it. Boo.

The only answer to this dilemma? MORE CHICKENS! Now, I just have to convince farmer Rich.

-Linde

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What the spud?!

“One of these things is not like the others…”

(It’s a potato!!)

🙂

 

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We’re getting 4-5 eggs daily, that’s over 2 dozen a week!

If you need eggs and are local, just shoot us an email at collingwoodfarm@gmail.com or swing on by, and you can have fresh, healthy, happy eggs from a trustworthy source!

Remember, farm fresh eggs have a 1/3 less bad cholesterol, and are higher in good cholesterol than the store bought kind.

And our chickens are happy and healthy, which results in tastier eggs! Once you try them, you’ll never go back!

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Thanks to Cousin Megan, we’ve obtain some beautiful pictures of our girls, so we found it only fitting to introduce them properly. (Feel free to click on the pictures to get a better look!)

Meet Fancy (aka Fancy Boots). Shes a white Brahma, and the only hen that has feathers on her feet (thus, the boots part). She was one of the girls we got in the second batch, and is the largest of all the hens. She’s friendly, and not so bright. Her favorite past-time is running full speed at feed freshly tossed on the ground, then sliding across it, like she’s sliding on a banana peel. She is currently not laying eggs.

Now, we have Birdie. She’s my favorite, don’t tell the others.  She’s currently molting (losing all her feathers), so that’s why she looks so shabby. She is also not laying eggs. She’s a black Jersey Giant, and was one of the first girls we brought home. She’s especially friendly, inquisitive, and…simple. She follows me where ever I go, including the mailbox (near the road), into the dog kennel (with the dogs in it) and into the house when I’m carrying in groceries. She has no fear, mostly because she doesn’t know she’s supposed to. She did survive a merry chase by our dogs, so at least she’s quick, in a speed sort of way.

Here we have Dolly. She’s the largest Jersey Giant, and quietest of all the chicks. She was one of the first three we brought home. She was our champion egg layer…for about 3 weeks. Now, she hasn’t laid an egg since the end of February. She’s not losing her feathers, so I’m not entirely sure why she’s holding out. I don’t think she’s too fond of me. That’s probably it.

Meet Henrietta (aka Nettie, and “the Net-ster”). Nettie was also one of the first three chickens we got, and is of the Jersey Giant breed. When we brought her home, she was tiny, half bald, complained loudly, and never laid an egg. Until last week! I won’t bother to mention that she scratches all the bedding out of the nesting box, and stands to lay her eggs, resulting with one end being cracked every time. Nettie is second in command, the first being Flo.

Flo (the little gal on the right) is the boss. Head honcho. Big wig. Mother hen. She’s a black australorp. She came to us in the second batch. She’s tiny, shabby looking, and has laid an egg nearly every day since we got her. When the other chicks see her coming, they get out of her way…fast.

And Finally, we have Greta (the Gret-ster). She’s the most handsome, and anti-social of them all. She generally shies away from hanging with the other gals. She does, however, enjoy standing across the driveway and yelling loudly at me about my apparent wrong-doings. She’s currently molting, so no eggs from her either.

So there you have it! The girls of Collingwood Farm!

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Free stuff? Yes, please!

What’s one man’s trash is another woman’s treasure, as the old saying goes (kind of). Well, this towering stack of wood pallets is this woman’s most recent craigslist score. One of the things we try to do here on the farm is to recycle and reuse as much as we can. Not only does it decrease the overall expenditures of the farm, but it decreases our carbon footprint. And since good ol’ mother earth is what brings us our awesome food supply, I’d say that’s a pretty good idea.

Our hens (aka “The girls”) give us enough eggs to supply a family of 4 each week, and since there is only 2 of us, we have a little surplus. We would like to eventually get a few more hens to be able to offer fresh eggs on the farm all the time. (They’re better for you, you know?) So, we’ve been brainstorming the best way to build a bigger, more efficient chicken coop. The price of lumber is a little out of control, so when I saw these on craigslist, I nabbed them. The guy also threw in about 10 pieces of pressed board (super score!). So, now all we have to do it figure out how to turn it into a coop.

To be continued…  -Linde

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