The chickens are getting really good at laying! I’m getting 2 eggs a day now, though I think there are three chickens laying. Here’s what I had early in the week.
Wait just a minute! Those three eggs on the right . . they look just a bit too big! OK! Those three came from the Amish chickens. The seven smaller ones came from my chickens. And they’re a whole lot smaller!
But, these pictures were taken on Wednesday. I’ve now gotten several 2.4 ounce eggs. Yes, I weigh them all and I keep a spreadsheet! :) Don’t laugh. I keep spreadsheets for everything!
The smallest egg from my chickens is 1.3 ounces. The largest in the picture is 1.6 ounces.
I figured the only fair way to use the first eggs was to bake a cake. That way, we’ll all get some of the first eggs.
The shells were very hard, which made me happy. The lady at the feed store had told us we didn’t need to add any oyster shell because it is already in the food we give them. I kept reading that we did need to add oyster shell (they use that to help make hard shells). The shells from any fresh eggs are way harder than most any storebought eggs. The shells on my eggs were harder than I’ve ever seen. I hit the side of the counter several times to crack some of the eggs.
A 7-Up Pound Cake using the fleur de lis cake pan. Even though the recipe called for five eggs, I used seven since they were so small.
While driving earlier this week I was thinking of all the naysayers, specifically Helen! I can admit now that I did have just a bit of apprehension about the chickens. Vince wasn’t thrilled with the idea at first; I was afraid they’d be stinky and gross. We went through some tough times when they had been in the basement way too long and I was beginning to doubt that the coop would ever be finished but now that we have all that behind us, having chickens is way more fun than I ever thought it would be. I think having the red or gold star chickens is part of what makes it so fun. They’re so personable and friendly.
For any of you wanting chickens, if you can do it . . do it! I don’t see a single negative aspect of having them . . as long as you have someone who can help you if you go out of town much. The chickens go into the coop at night by themselves so all anyone really needs to do is be sure they have food and water and they’re put up at night and let out in the morning. I love my chickens!