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…
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.
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!