I started last April with the eggs, and just this spring kidding started measuring the milk output. I've also been entering farm related receipts into the calendar even though I'm afraid that I will just prove that they are costing us money. But knowledge is power, right? Ugh.
|Typical hens.....eight nest boxes, but five chickens in four boxes.|
Here are my monthly totals:
Year Total: 1,921
Up until the second week of February of 2012, there were only between twelve and fifteen hens (I didn't always keep track) of laying age. The new pullets started laying on February 7th, and that accounts for the sudden increase from January's piddly total of 29 to a whopping 238. So starting in February the number of laying hens almost doubled for a total of 20 (or so). Yes, I'm a bad chicken counter. All I know is that we currently have 25 chickens including roosters, but it's one more than I thought we had (I'll explain that in the next post).
We didn't use supplemental lighting through the winter months because I figured the gals could use a break, although I didn't realize until I started keeping count how much the egg numbers would decline. The holidays were pretty much egg-free and I think I may have even bought store eggs for baking holiday cookies....oh, the horror!
The first part of February Paul installed the solar panel and lights in the chicken coop / goat shed so they did have some additional lighting at night before I got outside to shut the chicken door & turn the lights off.
We're eating eggs like it's going out of style and I still have plenty in the fridge to sell. As long as we don't lose too many hens to predators this year, it looks like next year's totals could be almost double.
I can't imagine what other egg dishes I'll have to come up with.