The chickens are supplying us with at least three dozen eggs a day sometimes more. One dozen a day goes to the pigs and the others are sold. Last week I sold fifteen dozen eggs. The pigs had a few less though. This week Jake wants to send up thirty dozen(between us) – we are after a specific weekly order from a specific restaurant so I am going to try. This means I need to collect seventeen dozen this week! So the pigs will get even less this week.
Jake is my middleman so I sell the eggs to him for $2.50 a dozen. He supplies all the trays and transport and sells them on. So the chickens are paying for their own feed and hay and some left over.
I think they like this cool weather and they are loving the extra light.
Last night before I got out to shut the chicken’s door on my evening stroll, there was a cufuffle, the dogs almost threw themselves through the door trying to get out. They raced to the chook house and interrupted a Bastard Mink – it had already killed one of the old brown chickens who liked to sleep in a nesting box. Boo chased the mink off. He was gone a while so who knows. I locked the chook house down hard. No more going into the field for a while, they are back to their little run until I feel it is safe again. I will look for mink tracks to the creek this morning (the animals run low to the ground and leave a very obvious trail through the long grass) – putting Boo along their tracks a couple of times a day moved them on last year. They are pretty smelly and easy to track for him.
But I do not want those Bastard Minks moving in again -they can move on off down river. They are terrible killers.
The coyotes are around on their fortnightly rotation so they may clean a few minks up too. They mainly feed on small mammals. Which is useful.
Now to work for me.
Oh, I almost forgot to tell you – I felt Poppy’s babies kicking yesterday. So, I am going to have to shift her over here today. She is not dropping down or anything but maybe soon. John is almost finished patching out the rust on the new trailer. So he will bring it back from his workshop this afternoon and we will give it a trial run swapping these big sows around.
I hope you have a lovely day.
WEATHER: Not too bad but I am looking forward to the wind swinging back to the South and warming up. Not today though. Still a bit cold today.
Sunday 03/11 0% / 0 in
Cloudy skies early, then partly cloudy this afternoon. High 41F. Winds NE at 10 to 15 mph.
Sunday Night 03/11 10% / 0 in
Some passing clouds. Low 26F. NNE winds shifting to WNW at 10 to 15 mph.
7:11 am 6:55 pm
Waning Crescent, 31% visible 3:38 am 1:29 pm