Perhaps it’s like counting sheep?!

In Chickens, General Farm News on September 9, 2007 at 5:14 pm

Perhaps the analogy to “counting sheep” works. It’s like the cartoon that reads: I don’t know how many sheep I’ve got, I count up to sixty five and fall asleep.” I think that is what the turkeys are trying to do — fall asleep! Myles and I went out last evening to round up the turkey flock and put them in their protective house (‘that jack built’) for the night and there were two turkeys outside the brand new five foot high fence. Okay, it was later than they usually get put to bed… maybe they hopped over the fence in an effort to out the others to sleep? And then they stopped counting at 2? …maybe?

Great news on the chicken front: another hen has begun the egg-laying-journey! We got the sixth egg in a series from the Black Australorp that is maturing fastest, and there was another egg; a new, rounded and very small egg with a distinctly different shell composition. I think that came from a Barred Rock. We will know more when we finish the new chicken area, and give them a new and bigger pasture, because they will be nearer the house, and have a large laying box area. And, if we can amass the money, we want to set up wireless surveillance cameras to monitor the animals. The latest Mac magazine we got had a great article on that.

At about $18 for a 50# bag of organic feed for the chickens, we plow (actually THEY plow) through a bag plus a week. Those eggs should be coming fast and furiously very very soon. I have ordered up 100 of the 18 egg boxes. We figure that with almost fifty egg laying chickens, we will be getting four dozen eggs daily. Rather than take up more refrigerator space, we decided that a dozen and a a half FRESH organically fed chicken eggs, would be easier to move around, store and market. We will find out soon enough if that was the right decision or not 🙂 These eggs are crafted by chickens who not only enjoy the organic grains, and organic scratch feed, but also the weeds, grasses, and bugs, and who are helping to perpetuate their heritage breeds, by creating a marketable product with a “face” to associate the product with. We do confine them at night to protect them from predators.

We remind you, today, to buy local whenever possible, and remember where your food comes from.

Communities reap more economic benefits from the presence of small farms than they do from large ones. Studies have shown that small farms re-invest more money into local economies by purchasing feed, seed and other materials from local businesses, whereas large farms often order in bulk from distant companies. Buy local. You’ll strengthen your local economy – Buying local food keeps your dollars circulating in your community. Getting to know the farmers who grow your food builds relationships based on understanding and trust. Who knows what else might happen? 🙂


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