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Friday, November 6, 2015

Ingrates.


I'm already down to 0-2 eggs a day.  I do the happy dance when I discover two eggs in the nesting boxes, pathetic chicken owner that I am.  I know I have some geriatric girls in the flock, but I have more than 30 freakin' chickens!  I mean, really.  I think it must be a solidarity issue - no one lays an egg until the half-nekkid  moulters are back to their feathery selves.  Which, at this rate, will be in the middle of winter, when everything poultry forgets its purpose in life. I am forced to buy eggs from friends who have kind, productive birds - though, I'd rather face that humiliation than eat a store-bought egg.  It's going to be a loooong winter.

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  1. :) I agree about store-bought eggs. Blah!

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  2. Can't eat a store-bought egg anymore. Yuck. Our gals have slacked off a bit, too, but are doing better than yours. Sorry. :o(

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  3. And here I was thinking five chicks would keep me going. No wonder I was on the receiving end of a few smirks from the old timers.

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    1. They will for about 2-3 years then you'll be in trouble... :)

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  4. OK, you've taught me a lesson. I just told my husband last week that when we DO get chickens, I'll only need 5 or 6. Ha!

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    1. At least you won't be shoveling 40# of feed down their ungrateful gullets every week!

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  5. LOL. My old hens are on strike and young ones haven't started yet. I haven't let the old ones know their days are numbered. Well except for the one Lakenvelder who gives me a new batch of chicks each year. She raised 16 chicks this year and every single one of them are still around. Unfortunatly 6 are roosters of which only one will be retained. I haven't chosen who but I do know which one will not be staying.

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    1. 6:10 rooster:hen is not a bad ratio! My last was 5 out of 9 were roosters!

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  6. We have 80 and getting 1 or 2 eggs a day. Our egg customers are not happy. We have never had this problem before and we have had chickens for years.

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    1. Egads, Peggy! I feel slightly less awful. I wonder what's going on in our flocks?

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  7. Wow, you're not getting any more eggs than I am from my 11 hens – and my oldest is seven! Fortunately, we don't use a lot of eggs, so we're getting enough for our own use. My few customers are disappointed, though....

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  8. Yowza! Have you tired giving them extra high protein supplements? Sometimes that helps the molting regrowth.

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  9. Chicken shaming! I love it! I am hoping your chickens start giving you dozens of eggs each week!

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  10. My 6 girls are starting to molt too. I'm getting 1 or maybe 2 eggs a day! Unacceptable!
    How long does molting last?l

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    Cindy

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  11. Feed them a high protein diet to hurry along the feather making. And, give them a hug, each and every one of them.

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  12. i refuse to buy store bought eggs! wonder why they aren't laying?

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  13. Wow, I have half that number and was disgusted with the few I was getting. Happily, my Black Australorps have just started laying and the pantry is filled with several dozen jars of chicken soup. In the future I need to keep a better balance of birds of varying ages.

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  14. Go out on the deck and rotisserie a chicken...it may send a message?

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  15. I am going to have to show your post to my friend Jan. To let her know she is not alone. She has 27 birds and no eggs for three weeks .

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