After noticing the strawberry patch was completely overtaken with weeds, I decided to start pulling. The garden is an absolute mess of weeds that are taking over everything, and I cannot keep up. Upon picking, I found several chutes with new growth! This lifted my spirits instantly and made me realize that this is what I want from my life! I need to learn to be patient and be more attentive to the blessings right in front of me before getting so discouraged.
With my moods lifted, I was doing some things in the yard. I noticed that the chickens were awfully quiet, which makes me nervous. I go over to where they were huddling, and this is what I found...
One of the chickens laid its first egg on the deck! For some reason, they pecked at it, and it broke. I then decided I should clean out their nesting box in their chicken coop in case they wanted a clean place to lay their eggs and look what else I found!
How could I have missed the egg this morning? Or did they lay it during the day? When I went out to shut them in their roost for the evening so no predators could get them, I found a third egg! This one had been pecked at as well.
I wrote a blog about the cost of raising chickens without really having any experience. Now the fun begins and I can determine how much they truly cost. I started a file showing how many eggs we get each day versus the price of their feed. I will start researching more natural ways to feed the chickens once this 50 lbs of layer feed is gone, and then determine how much we are paying per dozen eggs.
- Breed: Golden Sex-Link (just found this out thanks to this vlog!)
- We lost one more chicken to a predator- leaving us with 3
- The chics ate 40 lbs of "grower feed" the first 15 1/2 weeks of their life
- They started laying eggs after 10 days of switching to "layer feed"
I cant wait to see how many more eggs we get throughout the Summer and Fall. If anyone knows why they peck their eggs and how to prevent the pecking of eggs, please let me know.