I did a little spring cleaning on the blog tonight, and thought perhaps it might be nice to mention it since some of you read the blog through Facebook, others through a blog reader (like Google Reader), and others of you actually visit the blog to check in on what's new.
Most worth mentioning are new categories added to the category list. Categories make it easier to go back and read posts about particular things, or find things in the archives. You will find the category list on the right sidebar where it has always been ... but, now there are NEW categories to help you narrow down the topics.
Perhaps you want to read more about farm fresh eggs? Check out the All About Eggs category!
Or perhaps you want to read about and see waaaaaay cute photos of baby chickens... you'll want to check out the Baby Chickens category.
Or, maybe you missed the post about the GIANT egg that had a whole other egg (shell and all) inside! There's a special category for The GIANT Egg!
Egg Totals per Day April 29:61 April 28: 62 April 27: 56 April 26: 58 April 25: 66 April 24: 62 April 23: 65 April 22: 61 April 21: 63 April 20: 66 April 19: 61 April 18: 58 April 17: 50 April 16: 54 April 15: 63 April 14: 66 April 13: 54 April 12: 60 April 11: 54 April 10: 63 April 9: 66 April 8: 71 April 7: 65 April 6: 62 April 5: 58 April 4: 58 April 3: 62 April 2: 58 April 1: 65 March Total: 2060 (66 egg/day average) March 31: 70 March 30: 51 March 29: 59 March 28: 68 March 27: 73 March 26: 57 March 25: 61 March 24: 72 March 23: 91! March 22: 73 March 21: 65 March 20: 68 March 19: 75 March 18: 64 March 17: 73 March 16: 65 March 15: 61 March 14: 79 March 13: 60 March 12: 60 March 11: 62 March 10: 63 March 9: 67 March 8: 71 March 7: 53 March 6: 72 March 5: 65 March 4: 64 March 3: 69 March 2: 65 March 1: 64 February Total: 451 (only 7 days) February 28: 69 February 27: 59 February 26: 63 February 25: 76 February 24: 57 February 23: 62 February 22: 65 February 22 was the first day of counting eggs. Year: 2010
Mary, get in touch with me and I will mail your prize right away!
Seems as though the ladies had a little competition today to see if they could beat
their score, and sure enough, they did! They have smashed their
previous record by 9 eggs!! I've collected 74 eggs so far today, and
the day's not over yet... there's still a chance that I'll find one or
two more eggs when I'm locking up the girls for the night.
today's count: Sure enough, I found 2 more eggs while I was locking up
the girls for the night. That brings today's total to a WHOPPING 76
eggs! I'm flabbergasted!
I went out to the hen house with the video camera today, and took some short videos. Enjoy!
Having trouble viewing the video here on the blog? You can check it out here on YouTube.
Thanks for playing along in the Egg-citing Guessing Game!
I thought I would keep track of how many eggs we're getting daily. Monday was the highest egg count day of the week. The eggs in the above bowl are all of the eggs I gathered from the girls on Monday. The bowl is nearly over flowing, and it's the largest bowl I have in the house!
With the recent bumper crop, I thought it might be fun to have a little contest!
To Enter: Post a comment on this entry with your guess as to how many eggs are in the bowl.
If more than one of you guess correctly, all names with the correct number will be entered into a drawing and one name will be selected. If no one guesses correctly, all names will be entered into the drawing, and one name will be chosen.
This cutie of a notepad I stitched up this evening, and a farm themed stay-sharp pencil. The notepad measures 4.5" x 3.5", just the perfect size for tossing into your handbag! The pencil measures just shy of 4".
One entry per person, please! Entry deadline: Thursday, 6pm Central.
I was chatting with a friend tonight, and I mentioned how the girls have been laying eggs like CRAZY. Granted, not ALL of the eggs the girls lay are full-sized eggs that I will sell, but still, regardless of their size, we're getting a LOT of eggs!
For giggles, I thought I would share a photo with you of my fridge, as it looks right now. There are 20 dozen eggs, packaged and ready to deliver to customers. There's almost another dozen not in a carton yet ... and then there are the two LARGE bowls of small banty eggs (those are the ones we keep) and the eggs too large to fit in a carton. Some of the girls lay MONSTER sized eggs!
Each dozen has a variety of shell colors, and I make sure that every dozen has at least 1 green shelled egg. You can see a couple of the Black Copper Marans girls' eggs on the bottom row ... they're the REALLY dark brown shelled eggs. Even though they are not the largest of the eggs, I like the variety of color they add to the cartons.
Tuesday is my standard delivery day, so on Tuesday I will deliver at least 14 dozen to folks in town.. I think I might need to start doing two days of delivery!
I guess the girls are happy, and healthy!
Tomorrow, I'll gather more eggs... it's like Easter every day here on the farm!
(Like all photos here on the blog, you can view the photo larger if you click on it.)
A little over a week ago, we had a big snow storm and were put under a blanket of 8-10" of snow, which is quite unusual for our part of Texas. All the critters fared well (especially the dogs), but the bird netting on the chicken yard didn't take the weight of the snow too gracefully, as you can see from this photo of part of their yard.
Today it's a sunny 76 outside - lovely, just lovely! I spent some time fixing the netting so the birds could enjoy their big side yard again, but it might have been too soon, according to the weather outlook for our part of Texas... Snow, on Tuesday!? And look at the change in temperatures! Today we've got the doors and windows open on the house. The rest of the week doesn't look like we'll be doing that!
Lots and LOTS of hay! The cows were VERY excited, and supervised the entire unloading procedure.
Houdini was first in line at the gate. Notice the remnant of his last (current) meal?
The delivery guy used a little Deere machine to unload the trailers, lickity split! It was fun watching him zip around the farm as he moved the large 1000lb bales.
The machine has a bale spear mounted to the front. It got the job done in a hurry!
Yay for hay!
The last time we had hay delivered, Darcy was just a couple of days old. The delivery guy was surprised to see how much she's grown, and was still surprised at her pipsqueak size. Isn't she a cutie, these days!?
I've been working on some new illustrations and thought I would share one of them. This little "pretty please" gal started out as a pencil sketch that I later drew with pen and ink. I then colored the image with markers (I usually watercolor my illustrations), scanned the colored image and created this little digital version.
What do you think ... do you like her? Would you like to see her as a Whipper Snapper rubber stamp!? (I know I would!)
Since I didn't have to work today, I spent some time in my craft room. I spied some fabric in my stash that was begging to be used, so I spent a handful of hours putting together a few of quilted journals. What fun I had!
Some time ago, I saw a cute project on the Moda site that featured a row of quilted squares paired with linen to create a book cover. I thought I'd try it out. Pretty cute, if you ask me!
In addition to the cowgirl journal, I also made two other journals that were nearly identical. Instead of a row of squares like on the cowgirl journal, I chose to use a strip of cute whimsical floral material, and linen. This journal is posted in my etsy shop, if you're interested.
For added interest, I did some piecing of the linen on the cover, and added a lot more rows of quilting. I like the effect!
Hmm... I wonder what else I could make... the night is still young!
I spent today sewing and made several cute coin purse sized zippies today. I posted them in the shop. I was on a critter kick, so I chose fabrics with piggies, birdies, bunnies, froggies...and more piggies!
In other news, earlier this week I posted a sneak peek of one of my images included in the upcoming spring 2010 Whipper Snapper release. I noticed on the Whipper Snapper website today that the release is planned for March... take a peek at these cute sneak peeks, too! How FUN!
This evening I took Miss Daisy and Mister Farley outside to play in the snow. They had a BLAST! Here are some action shots from their romp! (Like all of the photos on my blog, you can click on them to view them a bit larger.)
Mister Farley LOVES to spin circles...
Miss Daisy just runs circles around him ... they're a perfect pair!
Well, I never imagined I would see as much snow here as we've had fall today. I'm going to guess about 4" have fallen ... maybe more. And it's supposed to snow all night... we'll see. Alan and I walked out to the pond in the pasture, and I took my camera along with me. What a nice blanket of white, eh?
It's doing a number on the netting over the chicken yard. It will likely need to be replaced. Not a cheap item. Argh.
The weather promises to be unusually chilly here today... The goats are tucked into the goat house, the chickens are milling around inside the coop, and the barn cats have tucked themselves in for the day. Brr!
I went out and snapped some random portraits of some of the girls on the farm, and thought I would share a few!
Dee, a favorite little hen on the farm, was posing so very sweetly in the chicken house window. Dee is a pip-squeak of a bird. She is quite comfortable perching on my finger. She *might* stand 7" tall. Maybe...when she's strutting.
Penny thought posing in the window was a great idea, so she hopped into the next window over. She has apparently been busy preening her feathers... you'll notice the little fuzzy feathers stuck to her beak and eyelash. The chickens are a little "unkempt" lately. The yards are a mess after the recent rain... and I can't keep them out of the mud. At least they're happy!
Weezie is one of the "show girls" on the farm. Her headdress hides her eyes, so she shakes her head side to side (kind of in a crazy way) so she can see. Weezie (formerly Ms Taylor) almost didn't make it last fall. She spent a couple of weeks in Chicken ICU, where I fed her and cared for her while she recovered from a very serious case of *something* that caused her airway to almost completely block. Amazingly enough, she survived... and today, she's as sassy as ever.
The four Cuckoo Marans hens are doing really well. They're not laying as frequently as the Golden Comet girls, but at least they're laying on occasion. Their eggs are a beautiful dark brown color. Marans are a very sought after breed due to the dark color of their eggs' shells.
I have three Welsummer hens, and they also lay an egg with a very rich brown colored shell. Possibly the prettiest brown egg on the farm! I would definitely like to keep Welsummer hens in the flock. They're nice, big hens, and lay nice big eggs that are pretty in the carton!
This is one of my three Black Copper Marans hens (also posing in a coop window). They are the most high-dollar hen we have on the farm. Not too long ago, a dozen hatching eggs on eBay would bid as high as $300. Quite a crazy price to pay, if you ask me. Now that there are more Black Copper "breeders" in the states, prices seem to have dropped. I have three Black Copper hens, and I refer to them as "the Frenchies" -- the breed originated in France, and has just recently been thriving in the states. I also used to have Moose, a Black Copper Marans rooster (also a very high dollar bird). Moose was going to be a very lucky boy, as I was going to use him for breeding. He was a beautiful bird, with good breed standard qualities. However, Moose had a really bad habit of attacking my legs when I was in the chicken yard. And Moose was a BIG boy... I decided that I didn't want to risk breeding his bad manners into my flock, so Moose was relocated to a new home, where he may have been served up for dinner. Everyone and everything must get along here on the farm... bad manners are inexcusable.
Dot, one of our two Guinea hens, was busy telling the neighborhood that I was in the chicken yard. Guinea hens talk all the TIME. And not quietly, either! They are good alarms... they say "Buck-WHEAT" over and over and over... ugly little thing, isn't she!
This little gal doesn't have a name yet. She is a farmyard mix, often referred to as an Easter-Egger. She just started laying pretty little green shelled eggs. She is one of Dark Brown Hen's babies... poor Dark Brown Hen... we miss her.
Arizona, Alan's mother's dog, lives here on the farm with us. She's about as worthless as they come...but she's cute...and filthy!
...and tired, no doubt because she's up all night, BARKING!
Of course, Bad Boxcar Betty and Callio-Pea were too busy enjoying green grass to bother to come over and say hello...
Chicken's have an established pecking order within a flock. When they meet a new chicken, they immediately work to establish who's the more dominant hen in the flock. It results in stare-downs, neck feather displays, growling, pecking, and kicking. Usually there is lots of squawking involved, too...
We wondered what a chicken would do if she was introduced to her own reflection... enter, Cottonelle and the bathroom mirror.
We found that there was lots of staring involved, and a bit of feather display and pecking... thankfully, Cottonelle never entered into full-on "must-attack...I'm-the-boss-of-you" mode.
Here's a little history behind Cottonelle, and how she came to be a temporary house-chicken...
We used to have a little itty bitty rooster named Cotton. He had REALLY short legs - so short, in fact, his belly feathers nearly drug on the ground when he walked. We named him after the character named Cotton on King of the Hill (an animated TV show), who has no shins (war injury). When Cottonelle hatched, we noticed that she had REALLY short legs too, so we named her Cottonelle.
Cottonelle had 5 little flock-mates. One of them didn't make it more than a couple of days. As the chicks got a little older and braver, they would escape from the goat yard where their mother was and would wander far, and out of sight from their mother. One day, one of the chicks disappeared, and only four chicks were left.
Cottonelle was the smallest of all the chicks and could escape from the goat yard by herself long after the others got too big (fat) to squeeze out. One day, she wandered all the way up to the house, walked right up to Alan, and cheeped. This was unusual, since the chickens at the barn are fairly "flighty" around us. Alan reached down and picked her up ... clearly, she needed something. Afraid she too would "disappear" since she wandered so far, alone, I decided that she (being as cute as she is) she needed to be added to the flock of chickens in the big chicken yard (where the laying hens, Chainsaw, Dee, Wiley, etc live) instead of being one of the "wild" barn chickens.
I brought in Twinkle Toe's old cage and set Cottonelle up with her new temporary digs, a dish of food and water. She was far too small to introduce to the hens in the hen house just yet, as she wasn't big enough to protect herself from them, and she needed a round of vaccinations, too. So, she's been in the house for about a month. She is quite a nice little house chicken... rarely makes a sound louder than a coo. Since she was raised in the goat yard with Bad Boxcar Betty and Calio-Pea, we're pretty sure she thinks my dogs, Daisy and Farley, are her new goats. Now and then I let her out of the cage so she can flit around the floor. She usually ends up sitting on either Daisy or Farly, keeping her toes warm and grooming their fur.
She also likes to watch Project Runway. *grin*
When she gets old enough to lay eggs, it's very likely that she will lay green shelled eggs... how fun! And she will be living with the rest of the hens, by then...
Sewing, sewing, sewing... I've done a lot of it lately! I added a couple new zippies to the etsy shop. I got some fun new fabric and have been playing!
I picked up some new frog, dog, cat, and even CHICKEN fabric! Oooooh, I can't wait to cut into more of it!
I made this crabby coin purse - I love the colors!
I also made zippies for two of my co-workers. I don't think they read my blog, so I don't think I'm spoiling any surprises... One of them is a dog trainer in her spare time. I thought she would like this little number. It has a 2" wide flat bottom, and a pocket on the front for added storage. I am pleased with how it turned out. And I have enough of this cute fabric to make MORE if you need one, too!
I'll be sharing some paper crafts shortly, too! How much fun I've been having!