Thursday, July 21, 2011

Some free-range fun from last night.

Only three eggs today. I sure hope this heat subsides soon. It was more than 100º in the coop today.


video



video

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

A five-egg day.

Found four eggs around lunch time today and one more after I got home from work.

The five eggs from today. Three of them, including the baby egg were in the nest boxes, one was on the floor in front of the roosts and one was in the usual spot on the floor behind the feeder.


Today's eggs with a quarter and a store-bought medium egg for size comparison.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

A little egg update and some new videos.

We gotten a total of 15 eggs so far, with yesterday's total of 3 being the most in a day so far. I'm sure the heat isn't helping the others start with their egg production. Despite it still being 95º this evening, Sarah and I spent a little time outside with the chickens as they free-ranged. Oh, and I got a screen door added to the coop on Sunday so I can give the coop a little more ventilation during the day, since 100º is in the forecast this week.




video
Mr. Cogburn thinks he's the King Cock.



video
Sarah taking it easy as the chickens feed around her.

Monday, July 11, 2011

The first eggs have arrived!

I've been keeping an eye on the nest boxes in the morning, but don't always peak around the corner where the feeder and waterer are hanging. I went back there this evening to shake the feeder and voilà, there were two brown eggs in the back of the coop. They should be from the Golden Comets, which they say can start laying around 18 weeks. Today is exactly 18 weeks since the chicks were shipped. Being the first ones, they're kind of small, but should get to be large eggs in time.



The spot on the floor where I found them.





Compared to a large white egg we had in the fridge.


Next to a few large white eggs.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Lost one of the Brown Leghorns tonight.

I always let the dogs out and bring them in prior to letting the chickens free-range in the evening. When I let them out tonight, I didn't know two leghorns had flown over the run. When I let the dogs back in, I noticed some feathers in the water bowl after Jack, our Lhasa Apso mix, got a drink. Yep, found one of the leghorns in the backyard by the corner of the deck. Another had flown over the yard fence to escape. She stuck close to the coop after coming back in. Only 3 white egg layers now.