Monday, December 10, 2012

Lottery Winner

I hit the lottery!!!!!! That's right, you are reading a blog that is written by a lottery winner. How much did I win?  Well, I won 3 eggs. That's right folks 3 whole eggs!

My chickens are free range chickens and for the last month, I haven't gotten any eggs from them. At least, that's what I thought.  I had to (gulp) buy eggs from the store.  Come to find out, those little boogers were hiding their eggs from me. I found this out yesterday when we didn't let them out. It was pouring the rain so I just kept them inside their old chicken coop. (Yep,still working on the new coop.) When we went to check on them that night, 3 beautiful brown eggs! I don't know if I should be glad that we found them, or mad that I've had to buy eggs for so long. 

I did get some really good information from Phalen from Homesteading Neophyte. (It's gonna be great having her next door.) She told me to feed my chickens some protein late in the day. Food, like leftover steak, or old cheese, or even dog or cat food, would be perfect. A lot of times chicken feed doesn't have the extra protein in it that the chickens need when the days are short and cold. I hope it works. I'm tired of buying those nasty, pale yellow things that they try to pass as eggs from the grocery store. Yuck!!!!! 

This coming spring I'm going to get more chickens. I'm down to just 6 hens. (Thanks to Jack. Grrrrrr) I want to at least have a dozen. I've got a few people that are wanting to buy some eggs off of me. I don't make a living off of selling them. It just helps to pay for some of the cost of feed. Plus, I couldn't eat 6 dozen eggs in a week. Although, I do like my omelets. lol.

Now, I get the pleasure of trying to figure out what kind of hens I want to get. So far, I like my Barred Rocks and Buffs. Do you have any favorites?

So until next time,

Small Farm Girl, lottery winner.


Sandy Livesay said...

Now that's my kind of lottery!!!! Congrats on finding 3 eggs, I hope your hens lay more :-)

Provender Place said...

That's funny! I hit the lottery yesterday too with 3 eggs. I figured out I had some egg eaters and they were taken care of this weekend. So now I get the eggs again!

SweetLand Farm said...

Yay! Farm fresh eggs are the best! Glad you figured out they are hiding them on you. If you lock them in the coop for a week or so they will start laying them in there all the time. We have to do that with ours from time to time to remind them.
I like Barred Rocks too. Black Astroporps are good too. And I think the Partridge Rocks are pretty, and lay fairly well.

Phelan said...

I go and tell you how to pronounce my name and you start spelling it phonetically. Geesh Shirley!

Glad you found those eggs. Since I can't bring my birds with me I will have to buy them from you.


small farm girl said...

Sandy, I hope they do too. Actually I hope they start laying in the hen house. lol

Hey Framing! I'm getting ready to get rid of about 6 myself. Chicken soup anyone? lol

Hi Sweetland! I'm gonna have to look into those Partridge Rocks. I like sexy chickens. lol

Oh, Phelan. Hit's head with hand. You just have me soooo excited that your are moving in next to us, I just can't think straight. lol. That's sounds like a good excuse, right?

Donna. W said...

Barred rocks are my favorite.

Candy C. said...

Congrats on your big win!! ;)
I really, really like my Buff Orpingtons. This is the first time I've had them, I used to have Barred Rocks but I like the Buffs a lot better.

The Kelly's Adventures in KY said...

If you want a lot of really big brown eggs, my Golden Comet ( She is going on 3 now ) has been consistantly laying 4-5 eggs a week while not molting! She is a sweetheart too. Though you can't beat the Orphingtons on friendliness! If you like white eggs, Leghorns are great, though most of them are scared out of their minds, but they do lay almost every day as well.

Have fun picking out your new ladies to add to your flock!! Glad you are back to the farm fresh eggs!

Rogue Wild said...

I think our chickens are season backwards, we're getting more eggs now than we did in spring/summer! I started giving them black oil sunflower seeds mixed in with their feed and the eggs just keep coming! Are ya close to Elliott county/Rowan county/Bath county or West Liberty? I'll gladly share :-)