Monday, August 20, 2012

Harvest Monday 8.20.12

Hey, hey - It's Harvest Monday again! I'm joining in over at Daphne's Dandelions for he weekly  harvest recap. Make sure you stop by her place to see what's being harvested form all over the world!

At my place it's beans, and eggs!


1lb 6oz of Zipper Creams and some Pink Eye Peas as well. 


8 eggs. We got more but my ladies have only been laying for 3 weeks. Seems one of them has a Kink in her system. Sometimes she lays one egg a day. Some times every other day and she lays two. They are soft then, and when she lays them she lays them pretty close together. Maybe just an hour or two apart. She's not laying them in the nest box so they are breaking as soon as she lays them. I can't even use them to turn them into food for the hens. :-( It's sad really.

The barred rock seems the most distressed so I'm thinking it might be her. She will pace up the ladder and them drop down and inevitably that is where we will find the egg broken at. She's also extremely vocal about the whole thing. Maybe with more room in the new run she'll settle down now? Boy I hope so. I'd hate to have to find her a new home.

Anyone with a QUIETER barred rock around here? This one seems to be the only true obstacle in my way of keeping them here in the neighborhood. The other 2 don't seem nearly as keen on squawking and clucking like roosters! Shoot if most hens were as quiet as the other 2 I'd be able to get away with a couple more. :-) But i know better. I'd be happy if this hen would just close her mouth. (Or if someone really would trade for a quiet hen! LOL)

The Flock accompanied me in the garden to get the peas and were right at my side waiting for anything I would turn loose to them. It was nice to have company, but the one time I forgot they were there - sure enough I bonked one of the gals on the head. With a honk and some flapping she settled herself right back under me like it was just par for the course. Kinda like the kids in that aspect I guess? I suppose it takes time getting used to them being right underfoot. Later I had to chase one out of the peanut patch because she was eating the blossoms. Guess I'll have to start looking at the garden a little differently now. Try a chickens eye view.



'Till next time!
Barbie~

20 comments:

  1. All my hens tend to be quite vocal after laying eggs, but luckily it is only for that half hour or so that they are noisy. Honestly, I would not worry about it too much unless they are carrying on non stop all the time.

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    1. This one in particular is noisy it seems for a few hours. That is one reason I believe she might be the layer of the double eggs. This weekend we'll be in the pen for an entire day. I'm hoping to know for sure then.

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  2. I wish I could have few chickens to get those eggs!

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    1. They are messy, but rewarding.

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  3. Your eggs are making me wish I had chickens again. But the husband says no. We had them years ago and there's nothing like fresh eggs from your own hens.

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    1. Yes, I agree. It's been rough setting them up with a new pen. I just hope to be able to keep them.

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  4. Oh how I wish I could have some hens to gather fresh eggs but that's not possible in my neighbourhood.

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    1. Here either. This is a covert operation! Shhhh...

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  5. Some day I hope to have chickens. Those eggs look wonderful and the beans too!

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    1. Thank you. I hope you get your fowl, too!

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  6. Chickens really can be characters, can't they? Nice looking beans you have too.

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    1. Indeed. They are frustrating sometimes, and so indearing others. :-)

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  7. Those are some beautiful eggs!

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  8. I think anyone accompanying you in the garden will be bonked at some point! I was pulling onions out of the MIL's garden and a tomato dropped right down on my head. I think I honked and flapped a little too :)

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  9. nice looking eggs and beans; my chickens don't seem to be that noisy except my rooster; sometimes he is cackling like a hen that laid an egg, besides crowing at 4 in the morning.

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    1. Uh- no thanks. That critter would have to go!

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  10. It's nice to have fresh eggs. I don't really have the space for chickens. We live in a wooded area with just a strip of grass around the house and lots of critters in the woods that would like to have chicken for dinner.

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    1. My parents lived that way and they only rarely had something get the hens. They made their run out of goat fencing instead of chicken wire. Used the trees instead of the grassed areas. Anyway- you can buy fresh eggs, too. Besides, who knows how long I'll have mine? I'm just glad I have them for now.

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