Tuesday, November 24, 2009

A Tale Of Three Yolks....

It finally happened! After a seemingly never ending wait, we have eggs. Nicole checked on the chickens Saturday morning to find three white eggs. Even though they were pullet eggs (on the small side), they were wonderful. Apparently, all from the same hen because Sunday there was a brown and white one in the nest box. Just exciting!

 This got us wondering when we would see eggs from the two girls on the bottom of the chicken tractor. So Monday, Camron and I went out to move the tractor and clean the waterer, when he noticed the first egg in the bottom section! A little brown egg. So we had one laying on the bottom. Not to be out done, the other hen layed that morning.

So of course we had to compare. You have seen it done before and we certainly wanted to compare our eggs to the "organic" grocery store eggs we had in the fridge. Whala! One doesn't fit in with the others. What a deep orange color compared to the pale yellow store bought "organic" egg.

Nicole and I were very happy with the outcome and the visable difference the eggs had from all of the grass and bugs the hens were able to eat.

Changing subjects, here is an update on the fall garden with pics.

Our storage cabbage is doing good. We have keep this under row covers and it seems to like it. Swiss Chard is blowing up. It too has the benefit of row covers. The mustard and peas are doing nicely without any cover. Not many pest have gone after them but they will soon need some protection from the winter weather and I guess we will need to give in and use the row covers on these guys.
We are still getting peppers and eggplant. Don't know how much longer that will last. Nicole just harvested some beautiful big carrots and the mixed lettuce is going strong. We have had about 6-7 meals from this one particular planting. We started another box to carry us through late fall early winter.
The broccoli and brussell sprouts are doing good. We had some caterpillar damage that we are working through, but at least the broccoli plants are forming nice heads. Shouldn't be long.
"Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men! Do no pray for tasks equal to your powers. Pray for power equal to your tasks."
~Phillips Brooks

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