The Chicken Chronicles, August 11, 2014
August 11, 2014
I am traveling for work today, and I will probably schedule this post to go live sometime while I am in the air. It is Sunday morning as I write this, and I am thinking ahead to my week, realizing I am not going to be able to check each day while I am gone for eggs. My wife doesn’t quite get the same excitement from this that I do, but I will have to bribe her to be sure and let me know the egg update each day while I am gone. 🙂
Sometime during the day on Saturday, perhaps after I collected the eggs for the day, I decided I probably needed to weigh the eggs to help me better determine how they are growing in size. I had a total of seven uneaten eggs in the kitchen from our birds, so I took some weights. Here are the results:
Rhode Island Red Eggs: Average of 1.47 oz (4.4 oz/3 eggs)
Easter Egger Eggs: Average of 1.35 oz (5.4 oz/4 eggs)
Store Bought Large Egg: 2.2 oz
So, as you can see, right now our eggs are less than half the weight of a store bought large egg. This is a little smaller than I had estimated, but nothing that worries me. I understand that their eggs will get larger over time.
The disappointment so far has been the number of eggs that have been laid. The best I can figure, we have a minimum of four birds laying: two Easter Eggers and two Rhode Island Reds. I come to this conclusion because there have been days where two eggs from each type of bird have been in the nesting boxes. There could be more than this, but this is the minimum. On average, we are getting two eggs a day now. I had wrongly assumed that they would become egg-laying machines as soon as they started laying, but it seems their bodies need to gear up for this some too.
I had to chuckle some on Saturday when I went down to check the eggs. I always peek in the window first to see if there is a bird in the nesting box, and there was. There were also two others peeking their heads up through the chicken ladder hole in the floor as if they needed to see what was going on. 😀 Blondie is still the only one I can for sure identify that has been laying eggs.
I haven’t seen another Easter Egger yet, though there has to be one, and I can’t tell the Rhode Island Reds apart.
I have also been intrigued by the ladies’ choice of food. I thought chickens would eat anything, but ours have not been that way so far. Even so, there are some scraps they absolutely love. One of those being tomatoes, and the other being watermelon. Last night when I went down to check on the ladies I noticed they had cleaned a watermelon rind down to the thinnest green sliver. It almost looked like leather it was so thin. They also love most other kitchen scraps, but they aren’t fond of peppers and onions at all, that I can tell. I suppose this is good, since I can’t imagine this has a good impact on egg taste.
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