it’s fowl around here

There’s lots going on with the birds around here.  The meat birds are feathering out nicely.  We’ve only lost two so far.  They are in a small coop that one of our neighbors gave to us.  We’re hoping one of the barred rock roosters turns out nice enough to keep around.  IMG_2463The layers have been out and about doing their foraging thing.  They’ve also started laying their eggs somewhere outside of the coop.  Which means instead of about 14 eggs a day we’re getting about 7.  Which means every day we send the kids out to solve the mystery of the hidden eggs.  We’ve only found one spot that seems to be frequented by an araucana.  The pile of blue/green eggs was the giveaway.  Besides that, they don’t give us too much trouble.  They seem to be leaving the potatoes alone, which is really the only thing besides trees that isn’t fenced.  They don’t bother the kittens either.   IMG_2467

And our new addition this year: ducks!  They are hilarious.  And filthy.  And amusing.  And stinky.  They keep us really entertained as they travel around the property in a flock.  They pretty much move as one.  As one quacking, waddling group.  So funny.  They seem to like to be left alone. IMG_2478 IMG_2481We got about half meat birds and half layers.  So, we’ll be learning about butchering duck and cooking it up.  It’s exciting to learn something new and increase our food options.  The best part is we know where it’s coming from.

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one egg, two egg

Check out this egg! IMG_20150301_175857We have a little henny (as Emma calls them) that is laying some huge eggs.  They hardly fit in the egg carton.  They usually have a double yolk.  The fun just never ends with these birds. IMG_20150301_180019_edit IMG_20150301_175944_editWe seemed to have chose poorly with the rooster that we decided to keep.  He’s quite the mean fellow.  So, it looks like we’ll be butchering one more.  It’s almost time to order more meat birds, so we’ll try again.  Oh, the chicken drama.