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Tanada wrote: We actually split the flock when we got 100 one year because the higher order were actually causing bloodloss and even a few deaths on the low end of the pecking order.
uNkNowN ElEmEnt wrote:A coop with lop sided chickens would be another source of entertainment too! if you cut all the flight feathers it has the same effect but not the entertainment value!
Tanada wrote:Don't forget if need be eggs will keep 18 days at room temperature, so long as they have not been refridgerated. That is how a hen can lay a nest full of eggs before sitting on them to hatch a whole brood at once.
smallpoxgirl wrote:Tanada wrote:Don't forget if need be eggs will keep 18 days at room temperature, so long as they have not been refridgerated. That is how a hen can lay a nest full of eggs before sitting on them to hatch a whole brood at once.
They'll store at room temp a lot longer than that. I almost never put mine in the fridge. Have kept um for months that way. After a while they'll dry out and kinda shrink inside. You can prevent that by rubbing a little vegetable oil on the shell.
Tanada wrote:How do you keep them from getting infected by decay bacteria for so long?
CarlinsDarlin wrote:Thanks for the great storage tips everyone! These have all been most helpful. I'll have to try several starting tomorrow unless I end up with a customer or two lol. The ladies are certainly producing enough to pay for their food these days (I have 12 doz ready to sell now) - but the customers have slowed for some reason. My guess is because it's warmer weather, and many people don't like big breakfasts when its warm.
Since we can store a bunch... Anyone got good marketing advice? I dont mind storing them, but I dont want them to take over lol. I'll have 59 hens old enough to lay by the end of July or the beginning of August. I need to sell a LOT of eggs .
Thanks for the suggestions. I especially like the idea of selling to schools - one school in particular. My graduating class at my high school had 24 people - the largest in the history of the school to that time . It's a charming little country school where my nephew is now attending ABC Preschool. I'll give them a call tomorrow, to see if they'd be interested for the fall. (School's still in session till the end of this week).
Interesting! Thanks for sharing .
Today I got another one of those goose-egg-sized eggs from one of my White Leghorns. That's the second one in as many weeks. The egg is literally so big I could not fit it into a Jumbo egg carton. I wish I knew which hen was laying those - I'd make sure I let some broody hen sit on a few and make sure that hen didnt end up in a stew pot when I cull them out later this year .
Tanada wrote:In essence one of your hens is making siamese eggs, if it were fertilized and allowed to proceed to hatching it would probably be deformed and/or a two headed chick.
Crack a few of the big ones to check before you decide she is a prime hen.
Think about what people would pay for two headed chickens!
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