Tuesday, August 19, 2008

August


Edited Aug 21 LOVE THIS PICTURE!
These are not from my chickens it was from someone in my Pasture Poultry group I thought it was really neat the double tripple egg yolk.

I have recently edited this part because the owner of the eggs wrote me below and said their chickens were not sickly but very young and started to lay young. "A chicken "Mistake" she said. You can read her comment below.

Deep in the back of my mind I knew they were not sickly I just couldnt put my mind to typing the right "word" my fingers typed faster then my brain sometimes hehe so please forgive me.

I believe that could happen with a young hen like hers did; however I have chickens of my own that are two-three-four years old and they sometimes lay these kind of eggs too, they are not young. Someone in the group say it could be from the diet?. Maybe its because they are getting older and their cycle is getting all mixed up again? I can see that happening too.

Ahhh well if you ever go to our Pasture Poultry group you can see how we debate on so many subjects when it comes to chickens, Different methods different breeds, different climates so it all varies. Just when you think you figure it all out about chickens someone comes out with another theory about the subject that has you thinking hmmmmm

Raising chickens for so long now and watching the Pasture Poultry group for years I have come to the conclusion that not one person, book, website is 100% completely correct. Just got to go with what is good in your guts for you and your family it’s what we are doing.
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Well August has been a busy month with birthdays and anniversary’s. My husband and I just celebrated our 2oth has it been that long already? Seems just like yesterday when I met him tubing down the river with his army friend. Two months after we met and only seeing each other one day at of each weekend (I was working summer camp) he got orders to leave to Germany and it was either say goodbye or get married. Glad he made the right choice hehe

We got 2 1/2 inches of rain these last few weeks...Thank you God! We actually still have standing puddles. Chickens are fine but laying less now, I just put an ad in the homeschool newsletter to advertise our sheep and turkeys it has over 5000 members.

I still have around 13 sheep to sale and I am hoping to get new customers or its back to the advertising board to figure out where I can advertise next. I like to stick to the homeschoolers since it’s a field I know and the families are usually great. As Joel says you want customers that want good quality you don't want customers looking for a bargain they will give you trouble.

We should be harvesting our honey soon I am disappointed hubby didn’t have time to put another super on for the new bee hive to get more honey since there is still a lot of flowers around. I did uncover the older empty one and cleaned it out a bit hoping a nice bee family will move in like our last one.

Sept/Oct should be time to harvest the pecans, a few are falling down already but they are green still. I can't wait because I am about out.

Garden is sort of dormant right now getting a few tomatoes, I need to do an update on it on what I learned this year...coming soon.

Well that’s about the update for now have a great upcoming week.

3 comments:

MIgirls said...

Hello! I've only left one other comment on your blog to sort of introduce myself - back when you made jam. :-) I couldn't help but comment on this post! You see, I clicked on your blog and I thought someone was playing a trick on me...because I saw OUR picture of OUR eggs on your blog! Yep, those are our eggs - all single, double and triple yolks!

I think you jumped to a conclusion of our hens being sick since they did that....I want to clarify, they started laying very, very young! Their "systems" were trying to get in gear and we ended up with what you see in the pic.
We truly believe what we found at poultryhelp.com to be the case (since our birds are doing wonderfully AND have stopped laying double/triple yolks)..their systems have "caught up"! This is from that website...

"Double yolks are a "mistake" in the chicken's reproductive system that sometimes happens when a hen just starts laying eggs and her system is still trying to figure out how to do it correctly.

Double Yolkers appear when ovulation occurs too rapidly, or when one yolk somehow gets "lost" and is joined by the next yolk. Double yolkers may be by a pullet whose productive cycle is not yet well synchronized."

We have 26 layers and yesterday gathered 16 eggs! I think it's time we can start selling! And we'll do it with a clear conscience....our birds aren't sickly!

Lisa

MIgirls said...

Couldn't agree with you more on your added comments about everyone having different opinions about raising chickens! My husband usually checks your group's email....he more than once has come away with saying you'll hear opposite opinions about each and every topic AND everything inbetween! How true!

I also agree, go with your gut! The person raising the flock of birds has that 3-D knowledge/in person observations vs. the flat black and white letters in an email.

Glad you got a kick out of our "bowl" of eggs! We still get excited to see how many we'll get each day....up to 16 fairly regularly and have a total of 26 birds...they're getting there!
Have a great week!

"Miss" Anita said...

Sorry this is off topic...

I saw that you're a friend of Marsha (drewsfamilytx)'s, so I wanted to ask you to pray for her. If you're not sure why, please stop by my HSB blog.
thanks.

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