The Chicken Coop forum: Eggs are piling up

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ImageCajuninKy
Mar 18, 2011 8:16 AM CST
Name: Cheryl
Eastern Ky
Truth should be everpresent.
My hens are laying pretty well, though not quite as good as my Mom's girls. She is getting 19 eggs from 20 hens. Gotta love those Black Sex Links. But my motley crew are making a nice showing all things considered. There housing still leaves a lot to be desired but we are working on it. I just wish I had steady egg customers. I have 15 dozen eggs to sell and will have at least another dozen today. I may have to go into the bartering business. LOL

This standout egg was the contribution of my Golden Comet hen. It was a double yolk. Her eggs are always the biggest but she outdid herself with this one. It is sitting in a "large" carton. DH was so impressed he went and bought 6 more Golden Comet pullet chicks. :)

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ImageKelli
Apr 14, 2011 8:09 PM CST
Name: Kelli
California
Where summer is winter
When I have a choice, I get brown eggs instead of white one. It seems like they should be better, though they both seem the same to me. No, I've never had fresh eggs. I wouldn't even know where to get them.
porkpal
Apr 14, 2011 9:23 PM CST
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
You would notice a difference with fresh farm eggs - especially from pastured hens. Perhaps you could fond them at a farmers' market if there are any nearby.
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ImageKelli
Apr 14, 2011 9:53 PM CST
Name: Kelli
California
Where summer is winter
Any farmers' markets I've been to around here have only had plant products and honey - stuff that can sit for hours without refrigeration.
ImageCajuninKy
Apr 15, 2011 6:46 AM CST
Name: Cheryl
Eastern Ky
Truth should be everpresent.
Eggs can sit for weeks without refrigeration.
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JoAnn
Apr 21, 2011 8:43 AM CST
Name: Jo-Ann
Zone 9, New Orleans, LA
I have 8 RIR who are 6 months old now. They started laying about 6 weeks ago and those eggs certainly do pile up!! With just my DH & me, we can't go through 6-8 eggs per day. I gave away 2 dozen eggs yesterday. The neighbors, however, just love me. So do the priests at church, the local fire station, and of course, my brother & sister!
ImageCajuninKy
Apr 22, 2011 8:36 AM CST
Name: Cheryl
Eastern Ky
Truth should be everpresent.
I was giving ours away and really enjoyed making people happy but the price of feed has gotten so high I have had to start selling the eggs to pay for the feed.

I started worming chickens yesterday. I have to worm them in rounds and not all at once because you have to throw the eggs away for a while after you worm them and I need to fill egg orders. I'll feed the eggs to the dogs so they won't go to waste.

Don't you just love having chickens? They are so interesting and entertaining. I could sit and watch them for hours.
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ImageKelli
Apr 22, 2011 12:16 PM CST
Name: Kelli
California
Where summer is winter
Have you ever had the South American chickens that produce blue and green eggs?
ImageCajuninKy
Apr 22, 2011 2:59 PM CST
Name: Cheryl
Eastern Ky
Truth should be everpresent.
I have a roo that was hatched from a blue egg a friend gave me. And DH bought me 6 EE (Easter Egger) chicks at TSC a couple months back. I can hardly wait for them to get old enough to lay. I have wanted them forever. Next I would like to get a Black Copper Maran roo and breed to my EEs. The BCMs lay the darkest brown eggs you can imagine. Like chocolate. So when you cross them on an EE you get what is called an olive egger because the hens lay olive green eggs. I have only seen picks but they are beautiful.
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ImageMaryE
Apr 26, 2011 4:34 PM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
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The word that came to mind when I looked at that huge egg was OUCH!
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ImageCajuninKy
Apr 26, 2011 8:08 PM CST
Name: Cheryl
Eastern Ky
Truth should be everpresent.
I have 6 chicks coming on that should also lay eggs like that. The Golden Comets lay at 4 months.
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porkpal
Apr 26, 2011 11:00 PM CST
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
I get a couple of extra-extra large eggs a day, but I don't know who lays them. I assume it is either the older Buff Orpingtons, a couple of the Jersey Giants, or the older Barred Rocks. They all lay about the same color egg so...
Porkpal
ImageCajuninKy
Apr 27, 2011 7:12 AM CST
Name: Cheryl
Eastern Ky
Truth should be everpresent.
I need to start weeding out my flock. I have some older chickens that are not as productive as they should be. I am disappointed in the RSLs. They are not hearty birds and I won't get any of them again. I would like to get down to just a dozen or so hens. My eggs are not selling and i do not understand it. The eggs are big and delish. People are saving cartons for me so i know they are buying eggs in town. Why not buy them from me instead? It's about the same price. But the eggs are piling up again. I have 20 dozen. DH brough 18 to his HBO tech this morning. They have become good friends.
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