Chicken Wisdom

It’s been all about the chickens here at thekrousehouse for the last couple of weeks.  The hens laid their first eggs a couple of weeks ago but it’s been a bit of a rocky start.  I am learning so much about chickens  I figured I would share my chicken wisdom with you…

  • they don’t follow direction well
  • they can put themselves to bed at night
  • they eat almost anything
  • they like to cuddle (with each other… I know what you were thinking!)
  • eggs are nature’s perfect food; unfortunately laying them doesn’t come naturally
  • chickens are afraid of brooms
  • it is imperative to have a reliable chicken-sitter

Chickens,  when they are laying,  will produce one egg a day.  That means when all the ladies are laying,  I should be collecting four eggs a day.  I had no idea  what time of day they were laying or even which one of them it was,  so I was checking frequently (like 6 times a day) to ensure that I wasn’t missing anything.  I had to enlist the help of my kids and nephews since work was getting in the way of my chicken rearing.  A few days after the laying starting we found two eggs.  Then a couple of days of weird mucous gross stuff and then back to one egg.  I was definitely stumped and then this happened…

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Sophie discovered this on the front porch one afternoon.

 

Sophie:  What the heck is it?

Me: It looks like an egg gone wrong.

Sophie:  That’s gross.  And it’s on the porch.  They aren’t very good at this.

I really wasn’t sure what to do.  I decided to contact the most knowledgeable chicken lady I know, Karen from http://www.theartofdoingstuff.com.  She agreed it was quite weird and gross but likely because the chickens were not getting enough calcium to produce a nice strong shell.  She suggested that I give them oyster shell.  So off I went to TSC I went and found exactly what I needed.  It had a picture of a chicken on the bag so I figured I had gotten it right.  Unfortunately, I had to buy  50 pounds of the stuff.   A few days of scattering oyster shell in the coop and we are back in business.

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We are up to three eggs a day! Not sure who is not pulling their weight.

 

They are five of us here at thekrousehouse and with only three eggs a day it is sometimes a matter of whoever gets up first gets the egg.  I will have to hide them so I can make  fresh pasta carbonara  this weekend….yum!

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Vintage egg basket

 

Melissa

 

 

 

2 thoughts on “Chicken Wisdom

  1. Audrey September 14, 2016 / 9:40 am

    Loved this last update!! What a story and odd ahaped egg thingy too.

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    • melissakrouse September 15, 2016 / 6:31 am

      Thanks Aud! Hope you can come visit the ladies (and the krouse’s) soon.

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