We’ve done a lot of ruminating on the matter, and we have decided to keep trying with our chicken egg-laying operation. So, to borrow from Monty Python a bit, “We’re not dead yet!” And so long as nothing comes along like Eric Idle does in the video above and clubs our operation over the head, we are hoping to get back on our feet.
Very kind friends have generously loaned us some electric poultry netting fence, and we now have about 3/4 of an acre fenced off for the chickens. So far, it has kept the neighbor’s dog out, and our flock in – what a relief to be able to let them outside without fear of finding a string of shaken bodies again! We also have not seen the neighbor’s dog on our property since I went over and spoke with them a week and a half ago. So, here’s hoping that they keep him home. The moment I see him step foot on our property again, I am calling animal control.
We are also looking at growing more of our own animal feed – mangel beets and barley grass, for starters. We may also look at mealworms and red wigglers. We’ll have to see what we can manage. If we can contain some of our feed costs, without sacrificing nutritional quality, in addition to keeping the flock safe, we should be able to keep offering eggs. We are still only getting about two dozen a day, and that’s on a good day. We should be getting closer to four dozen, based on our layer numbers, the breeds frequency of laying, and their age. So we are definitely still in recovery mode. But as our new babies come up into laying age over the next few weeks, we should be back on track. Once we are there, I’ll put the egg ordering page back online. 🙂
Thanks for your patience and understanding as we get this all worked out!
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