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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Feast or Famine

Like most farms, we have chickens.  They are very nice chickens, red, gentle, good cluckers, and they mind their own business and generally don't eat my flowers.  My problem is their egg production is irratic.  To my way of thinking, if you have 12 chickens, you should get 12 eggs per day...given the fact that chickens lay one egg per day per chicken.  Now, granted, everyone has an off day occasionally.  I don't expect EVERY lady to lay an egg EVERY day.  No one feels like laying everyday.  But what I would like them to do is get together and make up a schedule..."o.k. you 10 lay on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and we'll go for Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, and what say we all take Sunday off...sound good..?"

I would have no problem at all with that.  The ladies choose to lay...whenever.  I have 12 eggs  one day and 9 the next.  Sometimes only 4. Sadly, this means we have....slackers.... among us.  If there is slacking to be done here at F & FF, I like to be the one doing the slacking.

Just last week we had eggs for supper,  eggs for breakfast, deviled eggs, eggs for neighbors, pudding, pancakes, and tonight I am making quiche...I cannot keep up.  But at Christmas when there was baking to be done, I could not squeeze an egg from a chicken.  I plan to round everyone up this afternoon for a meeting and give them a good talking to...I may take a large pot with me for effect.


  1. Can you video tape the talk? This I gotta see.

    Cracking up (pun intended) over here.

  2. The laying cycle for chickens is 25 hours (not 24) so sometimes they'll all get in sync and sometimes not. They also require a full 14 hours of light to lay an egg so in the winter time if they're not getting enough light they won't lay. You can put a light up on a timer in their coop to give them the extra hours of light they need.

  3. Maybe at Christmas time they thought they might be on the menu...!

    I just found your blog and it looks great. Have added you to my feed reader so that I can read more of your posts.



  4. I buy from my neighbour but have lots of back-up suppliers in the winter when all chickens are not up to laying. We also send them our lobster shells when we're lucky enough to have any ;o) The talk with your girls I would've loved to hear :)

    ReplyDelete happy to hear from you.........