August 7, 2014 Farm News

Some of the pullet hen laying flock.

Some of the pullet hen laying flock.

 

Hello all !  Another great week of weather for us.  Several dry days to make weeding easier and effective with enough moisture in the soil to make it easily worked.  Enough rain to keep everything well watered but not so much that things were getting washed away.  And most days the temperature was quite pleasant, though a couple of days started to get uncomfortably hot and humid.

The garden from the pick-up table.

The garden from the pick-up table.

The new hens are laying at a real good rate.  Saturday for instance, the 59 pullets laid 54 eggs of which one had a deformity and was set aside and another was soft shelled.  So 52 saleable eggs.  The average daily egg production has been 50 for the past two weeks. So here was the how these 52 eggs weighed.

  • Pee Wee                     5 eggs             9.2 %
  • Small                        28 eggs            51.8 %
  • Medium                   15  eggs            31.5 %
  • Large                         2  eggs              3.7 %
  • Extra Large              1  egg                1.9 %
  • Jumbo                       1  egg                1.9 %
  • Saturdays total      52  eggs             100 %

Several were on the borderline of Small/Medium and were usually cast as medium.  But, the eggs are on average getting bigger.  So given all that and more, we will increase the price of the pullet eggs from $2 to $3.  These 59 hens cost about $25.00 each week in feed alone.

There are several favoured spots to lay eggs.

There are several favoured spots to lay eggs.

Two is company, three is even better company.

Two is company, three is even better company.

The young colt Leucan is still somewhat untamed.  We have not yet attempted to put a halter on him and do not work with him every day though we should.  It will take time but we think it important to move slowly and keep his confidence in us.  He grows well and there do not seem to be any health issues at all.

Leucan and Nell

Leucan and Nell

Leucan; wondering why I'm leaving.

Leucan; wondering why I’m leaving.

The sheep are well and we have had no coyote problems at all this year.  though we lost none to coyotes last year, the sheep were always very nervous and easily spooked because of the coyotes just watching them.  This year they are a lot calmer.  Our dog has not done all the barking at the distant wooded area that she did last year so it would seem that the coyotes are not around quite so much as before.  The Maremma guard dog is not yet doing guard duty, it will take until he is about two years old, the fall of 2015, before he settles down and no longer plays like a puppy.

Sheep paying no attention and Alfalfa the goat always on the watch.

Sheep paying no attention and Alfalfa the goat always on the watch.

The vegetable garden looks good, the help from all our volunteers over  the past while and specifically from Ken, Jacob, Suzanne, Anca and Mihaela this past week, has been the prime reason for that. Once more, thank you all so much.  Stupendous efforts have been expended in expelling weeds.  We have continued too with planting of fall crops of vegetables though more needs to be done. The weather has been very good for the vegetables.  Nice daytime temperatures, though the nights are still a little cool, especially last week, and of course plenty of moisture to keep things growing well.

Tomatoes, peppers, red cabbage and green.

Tomatoes, peppers, red cabbage and green.

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