Friday, July 25, 2014

The Eggington Post 28th Edition




Welcome to the 28th Edition of The Eggington Post! I hope everyone is having a great Friday!  It's the weekend folks!  I have some wonderful egg photos to share this week in spite of the July heat.  I hear that some of your ladies are on strike due to the heat so keep your girls cool and give them a lot of fresh, cool, clean water.

We have a winner of this week's Eggington Post giveaway!  The winner of a pair of Solar Nite guard lights and a roll of repellent tape is Michelle Sierchio!  Congratulations, Michelle!  Please PM or email me (gardensandchickensandworms@gmail.com) your address and we will get your Nite Guard lights and repellent tape right out to you!  


Michell Sierchio's beautiful basket of eggs!
  




For all the new followers, Welcome Gardens & Chickens & Worms, Oh My! & The weekly Eggington Post!  We are so glad you are here and we hope you will join in the egg photo giveaways in the future!



Angie Blake compares the difference in eggs with one new layer on the left and one new mom returning to her daily laying on the right

Photo Bomb!  Caitlyn Ralston was trying to take a photo of her beautiful basket of eggs (below) when her chicks became curious.  "Mom, why aren't you taking photos of us?" 


Katheline Smith says her ladies have plenty of nest boxes but they all put lay their eggs in "one basket!"  Who can relate?

Kristen Guerrette shows a comparison of her ladies hard work with big egg/little egg in an adorable egg cup!


Laura Bales shared some of her new duck eggs! She quickly summed it up as, "Same duck hen. 1st egg white. Second almost black. Thirds and now fourth pale green. Neat watching her slide into using her "spray paint"

Laura also shared photos of the differences in her chickens laid.  The two light colored ones are from her "scaredy cat hens" who refuse to free range with the rest of the flock!

Linda Woerner reminds us that winter isn't so far away in this July heat!  This beautiful heart of colors was from her flock last winter during the "polar vortex!"

Terri Robinson's flock has been on strike but she finally got a couple of eggs this week.  Judy Garland Peckers laid one and she isn't sure who laid the other.
Ashley Humphrey-Brinker shared this lovely basket of eggs from her ladies!  Jennie Dee and Penny Licious (below) are responsible for these beauties. Ashley says, "these are some of the best creatures I've shared my home with!"



Now look at these adorable vintage potholders on which Linda Wallace shows her bounty!  Aren't they cute?  Her mother made them years ago.  I think Linda should make a pattern and sell them to all us chicken lovers!   Her beautiful hens(below) laid all the beautiful eggs pictured.

Linda Wallace's pretty ladies (above & below)


Thanks to everyone who participated in this week's Eggington Post.  We are so glad to have you here at Gardens & Chickens & Worms, Oh My!  Please submit your beautiful egg photos for next week's 29th Edition of The Eggington Post. (PM them to me on Facebook or email them to gardensandchickensandworms@gmail.com & make sure to tell me a little about your eggs & flock!)




You will receive a half dozen eggs with frizzled parentage not necessarily the colors of these eggs

When you send in your photos this week you will be entered to win a bottle of Sweet Pea Farm's Honey from Florida and a half dozen eggs laid by frizzled hens. (Chances are 50/50 you will get a frizzled mix breed chicken).  Send in those beautiful egg photos and we'll see you next week for the 29th Edition!

Friday, July 18, 2014

The Eggington Post 27th EditionBren

Happy Friday, everyone!  So glad you are here to see all these beautiful egg photos this week. I also want to welcome all my new fans and readers, I'm so glad you are here and please,  feel free to start submitting photos for next week's 28th edition of The Eggington Post.

This week's winner of a 2lb bag of Chubby Mealworms goes to Lynn Noone!  Congratulations, Lynn!  Please PM your address or email it to gardensandchickensandworms@gmail.com. All giveaway winners are chosen by random.org.




Lynn Noone's beautiful variety of eggs

Amanda McFarland shows the difference in odd eggs she received this week


Although this one  is also considered odd, it looks like a "rose" of an egg

Amanda says these are her "shades of brown"

Bobi Locker is showing off the different sizes her ladies lay
Brendee Kenna is showing her Cyuga duck egg here

And here, Brendee is cooking it for breakfast

  

Caitlyn Ralston says the blue eggs are from her mallards along side a chicken egg


Erin Jojo has A LOT of eggs, Wow!  What do you do with all those eggs, Erin?


Erin says her hens had an egg party.  Looks like the most popular nest

This is the beautiful little coop where all Erin's ladies lay their eggs
Cindy Utican shares here pretty brown egg with us

Frank Hodges has A LOT of eggs and A LOT of busy hens, then is four days worth of eggs

Kathy Blackwell shares her dozen of all colors and sizes

Lara Mastro from Ned Hens looks like her ladies have some pretty cool camo boxes for nests

Here Lara needs a rake to get all Guinea eggs our of the house


Marquita Bean has some busy hens, too.

Which came first? The chick or the egg? From Marquita Bean

More of Marquita's bounty

Mercedes Jones says this ladies love to sing the egg song.  I think she proud of her accomplishments

Sylvia Frazier says she has very happy eggs and received six for six here


So many beautiful egg photos!  Thanks to everyone who submitted photos this week!  If I missed anyone, please let me know and I'll make sure to post them next week's 28th edition of the Eggington Post.

Now for next week's giveaway sponsor announcement!  Make sure to send in your photos for next week so you can be entered to win two Nite Guard Solar predator lights and a roll of Nite Guard's Repellent tape! 


 
See you next week with more of Your beautiful egg photos!  Have an eggscellent weekend! 

Monday, July 14, 2014

The Chicken Entertainment Network


Well we don’t CTV network(Chicken TV) or even Chicken Radio so keeping chickens happy if they can’t free range, and sometimes even when they do, can be a challenge.  Trust me, if I could keep my girls entertained with TV or Radio, I’d surely try.  My original three girls, Mildred, Mabel & Pearl and now, Alice start raising Cain together sometimes.  It drives me nuts. (The chicks haven’t learned this yet) Why do they do it?  A variety of reasons; the neighbor’s cat is lurking around although she can’t get to them, the bluebirds
Papa Bluebird had the girls
in a tizzy flying back & forth to help
feed the babies
are nesting in a bird house the chickens can see, they are bored and want to see if I’ll come out and give them treats, somebody is in the nest box and although there are more everyone wants the same box and on and on and on.  I will say it isn’t always just noise, the girls have alerted me when Charlotte was dying and when the top of their run started caving from snow but what can you do with noisy chickens?  Give them chicken entertainment!

My girls are confined to runs, I just can’t let them free range here in the mountains, they’d all be dead in a day and that's not something my chicken loving heart can take.  So, when they start with their racket, I listen closely and if it’s frantic, I check on them.  If it’s just racket, I usually try to find something to entertain them so they will hush.

However, never, ever, ever think they won’t learn, if they start raising Cain, that you will respond.  They aren’t a dumb animal as we all know. 
Pearl & Mildred looking for treats
If you start responding every time you hear them, they catch on and keep making noise until you show up with treats and/or affection.  I learned this the hard way and had to stop going out every time they decided they were bored.  Of course, if you live in a suburban neighborhood and keeping them quiet is of the essence, then you might have to respond to their boredom.

What I do is wait a while unless it’s a frantic cackling, then I take them something to do when they’ve quieted down some.  What “something to do” do I take them?  Here’s a little list of my solutions below.  I don’t claim to be first to do these things.  There are many other chicken blogs that talk about what they do for flock entertainment. I’m only telling you what methods I employ to keep the ladies and roos happy and quiet.

  • A chicken treat ball filled with sunflower seeds or Cackleberry Nuggets


  • Lettuce for their suet cage or wire treat ball


  • Hang a cabbage for them to peck (hang it where they have to stretch or hop a little to get to it)


  • Give them dried or live mealworms, crickets or grasshoppers (get kids to find bugs or worms for you)


  • Get a fallen tree limb and make a roost or move their roost to a different corner
I found a broken limb in our meadow and wedged it in the fence last summer for the girls to sit on


  • In summer, take them some frozen fruit (watermelon, cantaloupe, strawberries, etc) or make them minty fruit popsicles. You can give them frozen peas in water or frozen corn on the cob
Myrtie & Alice eating cold watermelon to cool off last summer


  • In winter, take them plain, warm (not hot) oatmeal with raisins or dried berries in it

My sweet Myrtie eating warm oatmeal. She was featured in my
12 Days of Christmas in 2013

  • Make a swing out of a small log and rope

Alice being Alice, she had to check out the swing first

  • Put in an old ladder, step ladder or open book case (put a plant on it in a heavy pot that they can pick like rosemary or thyme or some other herb)  Put treats on it at first to teach them and secure the ladder so it doesn’t fall over


  • Put a pile of leaves, pine needles, hay or even sand for them to scratch around in, throw a few treats in it for them find, it will keep them busy for hours


  • Make a specific spot for dust bathing (buy a small kiddy pool and fill it with sand) See more about there here
Mildred, Mabel & Pearl checking out their new dust pool


  • Plant some herbs in their run and once they are established let your flock pick at them through a cage protector
Herbs growing right outside my first run


  • Grow sunflowers in summer and dry the heads to hang in the run

These volunteer sunflowers were dried and given to the flock in winter

  • Grow and cut herbs for your chickens (my girls know which basket means herbs and they get excited)

My flock knows this basket and they love their herbs
  • I take my girls on field trips to their playpen, if I’m working outside, so they have a change of pace (see more about that here)
The Playpen

  • Grow a nursery tray full of grass, clover, lettuce, chia, or any sprouting seed they can eat that isn’t toxic and let them have at it or build a wire cover out of scrap wood & wire and use it to cover the sprouted greens so they can only pick at it.
       My Pet Chicken carries a Chicken Salad Seed mix that’s great for using this way
  • I learned how to grow fodder from Kathy, The Chicken Chick in the kitchen window here.  My girls loved it and they stayed busy for two days
  • If you have room, put a compost pile in your run, the chickens will mix it up for you and it’s great in your vegetable and flower gardens (I wish I had room)
  • Something I want to do but have not done yet is build wire tunnels for the chickens to wander around in like a habitrail for chickens (In my case, I’d have to be outside for them to do that for their safety but it would be fun) There’s a you tube video where a guy in Australia built a system of tunnels for his chickens and they cultivate his garden in different places.  He re-routes the tunnels where he needs the chickens to do the work.  (Search chicken tunnel man on youtube)
  • Throw scraps in for your chickens to eat but make sure they can have what you are feeding them  (things like old lettuce, strawberry tops, etc. NEVER give them rotten or soured food) If you google chicken treats there are numerous lists out there that give safe treats and/or scraps for your chickens) or check on backyardchickens.com or Kathy, The Chicken Chick has a great list on her blog.

Try different things, find out what works for your flock. Be creative yet safe with your ideas and share your ideas with the rest of us because we all have chickens that get bored from time to time.