Over the last six months, we have been struggling with the decision to raise our egg prices; hoping that things would settle down after the COVID madness was over. It seems that this will not be happening any time soon. During the last year and a half we have seen Organic Layer Food, Organic Scratch, and Organic Fresh Vegetables continue to rise in price. This, coupled with the fact that gas has gone up quite a bit too, (in my egg delivery travels I rack up approximately 60 miles – or more if I make special deliveries – each week) has prompted us to begin the difficult task of informing our customers that we are raising our prices.
So, if you are an egg customer you know that I’ve been out to California visiting my family for my dad’s 85th birthday. I need to be clear that I wasn’t really “gone fishin”, but we did visit the bay off of Point Loma, where all the large fishing boats come in and out. It was a gorgeous evening, and the dinner we had was so yummy. I’m back now. The whole visit went well, although it never seems enough time, thanks for asking.
Before I left, I tried- and succeeded – in selling all the eggs. I asked several clients to wait until this week for their normal order and then sold all the rest. This allowed Sue to collect eggs all the while I was away and have enough room to store them without breakage. So, this is what I saw when I came home yesterday; beautiful eggs sorted by their lovely colors.
I think our eggs are just gorgeous! They taste really great too! I’d love to offer you the option of purchasing some of them, but – we’re sold out again! Our client list has gotten really long, and that’s wonderful! Our chickens have just been a bit contrary as of late… and sometimes we’re a bit short. Not to mention those ducks! We only have one customer who purchases duck eggs, so we’re usually able to get him some each week. I have a feeling that we’ll be seeing smaller and smaller numbers as we get closer and closer to winter.
We do not artificially light our coops in the winter because the chickens need to have time to replenish their bodily resources. This is a natural life rhythm for the chickens – we’ll continue to get a few through winter, but at some point, we’ll just not have enough to sell. These are the cycles that we work with and it’s fine with us. Allowing the chickens to rejuvenate over the winter gives them a longer life. We’ll take that.
This weekend we’re planning our last processing day of the summer. 14 chickens more and then no more until next year. We have done well selling all of our chickens too. This year we’ve added another two chicken customers and they’ve been really receptive. We only have two or three remaining for the year. If this sounds like something you’re interested in for next year, please get your order in now. We’ll be ordering this fall I believe.
Not exactly sure what we’ll have to share with you for the rest of the week, but if anything fun or interesting happens you know we will share it with you here. Until then, as always~ Thanks for reading.
We know that farm life is a snapshot of “real life” right. Real life has it’s moments: difficult, wonderful, sad, funny, everything in between. We see all of this, and more, almost every day. Chickens are the silliest little dinos in the world! We get attached, they entertain us, sometimes they get sick, many times we cannot save them. We’ve had a few difficulties lately with a couple of chickens as well as with our little quail, Little Man Tate.
We’ve had a couple sick chickens. The horrible heat that we’ve have just does some of them in. We have a white leghorn in quarantine for a about a month and a half, she had heat stroke one day and I just picked her up to see if we could keep her going. She was doing ok, but this last week we’ve had incredibly high heat. We’ve had to give her frozen water bottles, sometimes two and three times a day, to make sure she didn’t stroke out. She’s hanging on, but it doesn’t really look good.
We also had an Easter-Egger in quarantine for a while, some stomach issues. We lost her this Monday. We’ve only really been able to bring two back to health after they’ve come down with the weird intestinal issues. These losses are never easy.
One of our saddest losses happened very early this morning. Sweetpea heard the coyotes singing and woke Sue to let her out. Sue went out with her, just to keep an eye on those coyotes. As she walked by Little Man Tate’s brooder, she saw what she thought was a large stick inside. We didn’t give him a stick to climb on. So, she looked more closely… it was a gopher snake. She quickly removed it with the trusty snake stick but, sadly, it was too late for Little Man Tate; he had already been a small meal for Mr. Snake. He had gotten in by using a fresh gopher hole that appeared in the middle of the enclosure. Tate had to have been asleep, because there would have been no other way for the snake to catch him.
This is a Gambel’s Quail, just like Little Man Tate.
Unfortunately, this is all life on the farm. Sometimes it’s great, sometimes it’s not that great. I let our friend, George, know what happened. I thought he’d be rather upset, but he just thanked us for trying and said that he probably had a much longer life than he would have left all to his own as a bitty chick. Well – that was nice. We still feel rather bad, though it has shown us that more steps may be taken to secure the brooder before we us it for actually brooding chicks.
That’s it for now, I suppose. I’ll see where else we get to later. Until then, as always~ Thanks for reading.
As you know, we usually receive three or so batches of chicks over the summer months. Most of these are meat birds, but we have others in there, this year, as well. This last week we received our final shipment for the summer. We also ended up with some surprise babies from one of our friends in town. I’ll explain and share some photos below. Continue reading →
We have a lot of broody happening here. Broody in the 2nd sense of the word, rather than the first. We have 3 incredibly broody hens, and one goose. So far, only one hen has hatched any chicks, but it’s early days still. Continue reading →
Last night I wanted to make a graphic showing the egg numbers over the last couple of months. You know, because I’ve been so behind with the numbers. I thought it’d be an easy way to go. Well… I use Excel a great deal, but I don’t ever make charts from the data… so this took me all evening. I input data from the last 60 days, but when I made the chart there was just too much data for you to see what was going on, unless the chart was HUGE. Then I just had to play around with things until I could get something that would translate into a graphic and be easily readable. Consequently, here we are on a Friday finishing a post that started last night. I hope you’re not disappointed. Continue reading →
This Sunday, as well as it being Superbowl Sunday, it was Groundhog day (and Sue’s Aunt Pat’s birthday!) The report was that Punxsatawney Phil did not see his shadow, which – traditionally – heralds an early spring. Isn’t it great what we can learn from animals? Sue and I, however, didn’t really need good ol’ Punxsatawney Phil to tell us that spring is near. Continue reading →
You’ve got to be careful when you google for images. Did you know that if you just put in the word “string” to search for images that you get a whole lot of photos of g-string underwear? Just warning you. However, I am not talking about underwear, nor string theory (which I love!), nor even about stringing words together – I’m talking about a string of not so great news lately. Just a warning, there is one graphic photo, but it’s in artsy black and white, so it won’t be too shocking. Let’s keep this one short today. Continue reading →
We’ve had some amazingly low temperatures the last few days. Yesterday was the coldest by far 29°, if I remember correctly. We warmed up a couple of degrees today. I’m talking about morning temperatures. Today we warmed up into the high 60’s! The next few days will remain a bit cold and then Christmas eve we’re in for a bit of rain… maybe snow if it doesn’t get too warm. The cold gives us some issues that we hadn’t really thought about before. Continue reading →
Weekends are always busy around here. Even when we’re just doing regular stuff… we’re busy. Yesterday seemed particularly busy, it wasn’t necessarily, just seemed that way I guess. First thing after chores we initiated moving day for the RCW. It was past time, but we just weren’t sure where to go. It’s always easier to move when Dustin is around because he can level the trailer in nothing flat and it takes us forever. Continue reading →