Chicken

Incubating Chicken Eggs: We have a chick!

March 3, 2009
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Incubating Chicken Eggs:  We have a chick!

Late last night our first chick finally hatched out of its egg.  Just in case anyone is wondering…chicks don’t immediately hatch out of their eggs.  It takes forever.    Here’s the shell.  It has been quite fascinating for the children to see the process of taking an egg, incubating it, turning it, keeping it warm and then…

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Incubating Chicken Eggs

March 2, 2009
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Incubating Chicken Eggs

Very soon we hope to have some chicks hatch out of the eggs we have been incubating.  It has been a fun family project either way.  The other night the boys candled some of the eggs and were able to see some that had stopped developing, some that continued to develop and some that were…

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Hatching our own eggs…

February 21, 2009
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Hatching our own eggs…

We thought it would be a good experiment to see if we could reproduce our own chicks without having to buy chicks from the hatchery.  All this self-sufficient, self-sustaining talk is more complicated than the books tell you it is.  Our son has a flock of white leghorn chickens.  They are not disappointing him with…

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1,000 White Eggs

February 11, 2009
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1,000 White Eggs

Last year when a restaurant told us they only wanted white eggs we reluctantly started researching white egg layers.  It was not that we have anything against white egg layers, but we had just purchased around 40 brown egg layers and the brown eggs just seem more “back to the farm”. None the less, we…

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Busy

January 29, 2009
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We are just too cold to blog.  No, really, just really busy.  We have had a grand time getting together a first ever Vaughnshire Egg Sale Day:  happening today at the adorable bakery on our little town square.  Our egg production has continued to climb despite the dog killing 10 of our good layers.  We…

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Farm Life: Highs and Lows Part III

January 22, 2009
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Farm Life: Highs and Lows Part III

Beth already spilt the beans as they say.  But, today was another exciting day on the farm with many lessons in the ups and downs of life. It started off very “low” in the early hours of the morning.  You know those early hours, the ones before most computer geeks go to bed.  Yep, it…

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Record Egg Production and Then the Dog Kills the Chickens

January 22, 2009
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We are nice farmers.  We gave the dog a second chance and she let us down.    She has killed chickens in the past.  In our presence, she pretended to be chicken broke.  Lately, she seemed to have learned a lesson.  She even started letting them eat her food! However, last night we discovered when you hear…

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New Record Egg Production

January 21, 2009
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The amount of eggs keeps climbing….  we’re up to 54 eggs a day.  And we are all very excited about that!  For the first time, the boys are getting more white eggs from the leghorns than brown eggs from the other hens.  They have some escapee hens, so currently the boys are working on some ways…

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Record Egg Production Day

January 17, 2009
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Record Egg Production Day

For the last several days, the boys have had record breaking egg production days…each day beating the record on the previous day.  Today, the boys collected 44 eggs!  We expect this number to climb to around 100 eggs per day come spring.  We have lots of eggs for sale! 

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Who Noticed the New Chicken Egg

January 12, 2009
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Who Noticed the New Chicken Egg

A very excited young man indeed–his white leghorn chickens are now laying eggs!  He has kept his egg production up with the other hens this winter and has been anxiously awaiting for his white leghorn hens to start laying.  He put a light on a timer in both chicken houses to give them 14 hours of light per…

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Chicken Saga…

December 1, 2008
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Chicken Saga…

The guys have been putting together a larger chicken tractor to house our white leghorn chickens.  In order to keep them separated from the other farm chickens and give them the needed free range grass they need, he had to build a larger house he could move every couple of days.  They used left over…

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These aren’t American Lady Bugs!

November 7, 2008
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These aren’t American Lady Bugs!

If you are one of those families who live in an area where the Asian Lady Beetle has overtaken you–I feel your pain.  Since 1916, they have spread coast to coast thanks to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.  In one article I read, “The Asian multi-colored lady beetle was first introduced in California in 1916 as a…

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Workin’ in Chicken City

November 7, 2008
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Workin’ in Chicken City

A few more pictures from some work on the new chicken tractor that will house the white leghorn birds.   They screwed a top pole in to help stabilize the tractor a bit more.  And they put screws in the base.  While waiting on his next gopher job of running back to the shed to fetch additional…

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Chicken Cluck Cabin

November 6, 2008
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Chicken Cluck Cabin

Chicken Cluck Cabin is where our down home country chicks live.  They are our main laying hens right now although with the cooler temps and the shorter days they have decreased their egg production greatly.  We still need to rework the setup but for now they are using a small hen house which is surrounded…

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Introducing Chicken City – The New Chicken House

November 6, 2008
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Introducing Chicken City –  The New Chicken House

Our chickens started leaving the farm.  We lost count of how many have been run over in the road.  We even see our birds over in the neighbors cow pasture.  So we have been busy building a larger chicken tractor to house the white, flighty, run-away leghorns.  Using scrap greenhouse pieces, we came up with…

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