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Comment by Daniel W on April 13, 2017 at 4:27pm

Charlie isn't allowed in the chicken yard.  These days I don't think much would happen, with his hip arthritis and general joint pains.  Now when we go for walks, I always take his wagon and put him into it half way. That way I get to walk further and he gets to go along for the ride.

Every couple of weeks, the number of eggs builds up and we give away a dozen to a friend or neighbor.

We do eat eggs every day.  They are a great source of protein.  The nutritional profile of free range eggs is better than store bought, too.

They are growing fast.   Probably 3 times the size from 2 weeks ago.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 13, 2017 at 11:43am

Charlie seems alert, and protective. How does he treat adult chicken? Does it make a difference if he is raised with contact from hatching to adulthood? 

One egg a day from Americauna! With two laying hens, you have an egg for you and Ning daily, or an omelet weekly. With those three chicks, if they are hens, you will turn yellow with a white outer skin! 

How do your little ones look this week? 

Comment by Daniel W on April 13, 2017 at 10:53am

Randy, those morels are a true treasure.  I think I saw some in the grocery store last year at $14 a pound.

Joan, at present only one of our hens is Americauna.  Her eggs are blue.  The shell is thicker and harder than the other hens' eggs.  The eggs are in the small to medium range.  She reliably lays one egg every day. 

Our only other hen that reliable is a white Leghorn.  Her eggs are bigger and white.

The Rhode Island Reds lay an average on one egg every other day.  Their eggs are large, brown shell.

They had various breeds of baby chick at the feed store.  Ning likes the wild bird look of the Americauna, and the novelty of the egg color, and the frequent laying.

Yesterday I hauled a truckload of raised bed soil from my old yard to the newer raised beds, and topped them off.  The soil settled and sank last year.  They get undermined by moles, which is likely part of the reason.  Today my back is annoying me.  My fault.

Seeds planted today in the window nursery:  Thai, Jalapeno, Cayenne, and Banana peppers.  We dried so many hot peppers last year, and they are all eaten now.  I am starting them much later.  I think that's OK.  They sulk when planted in too cool Spring weather.

Also some mustard greens.

If dandelions weren't weeds, people would grow them intentionally.  The greens are perfect in Spring salads.  I dig the juiciest, most lush plants and plant them in my greens raised bed where they get better treatment and grow even better.  The other dandelions get fed to chickens, making their egg yolks deeper yellow / orange.

Seeds I planted today

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 13, 2017 at 7:54am

Very pretty eggs.  Don't have to color them for the kids seeking them this sunday.

Comment by Randall Smith on April 13, 2017 at 7:01am

And I fixed an omelet with morels for breakfast this morning. I'm not "yoking"!

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 13, 2017 at 1:15am

Daniel, they are real treasures. Are you raising them now and do you expect to have eggs from this breed? I'm asking from ignorance of chicken breeds. 

OH! My goodness, Americauna chickens are lovely and their eggs come colored: 

Comment by Daniel W on April 13, 2017 at 12:50am

Americauna chicks.  They have a look more like wild birds.  Charlie is a gentle as can be, just watches and listens.

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 12, 2017 at 4:46pm

Oh, I see them now, after Joan mentioned chicks or ducks.

When I looked at the picture, I couldn't see what it was.  At first, it looked like a 3-D picture on the wall, with Charlie inspecting it.  After a few seconds, I saw that it was a box on the floor, but what was in the upper right corner, I just couldn't figure-out.  It looked like a boar's head, and that's all I saw until I read Joan's post.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 12, 2017 at 1:12pm

Daniel, Charlie, inspecting baby chicks? They are not ducks because of the bill shape. They don't look like chicks!

I give up.

Charlie looks as though he has a caregiver feeling toward them.  

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 12, 2017 at 1:10pm
 

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