Saturday, January 5, 2019

Today's Egg Harvest ...

Hmmm … 4 eggs, that was today's egg harvest!  A far cry from the 8 - 12 we were getting every day just a few weeks ago, but actually they are picking back up in their laying.  For the last 3 or 4 weeks we've only gotten about 4 eggs/week.  This happens every year about this time so we prepare for it by saving enough eggs to get through the baking season and for our own personal use.

We have Buff Orpington chickens and are very pleased with them, we don't put any kind of artificial light in the chicken coop to make them lay through their molting time.  Instead, we just let nature take it's course and let them do their own thing.  Our job is to know and to prepare for them doing their own thing which translates into lean times in the egg department for us if we don't!

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9 comments:

  1. Dear Patsi,
    We had Buff Orpingtons and they are my favorite breed. I plan on getting some this Spring. The chickens we have now are still too young to lay, and all of our friends' chickens have slowed down in production as well, so we have been buying eggs. I was just thinking about rationing and using egg substitutes so we wouldn't have to buy as many. I would be interested in your methods for preserving eggs for these "lean times".
    Love, Kelsey

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    1. Kelsey, we have two refrigerators and we store up several cartons ahead of their molting time and keep them in one of the refrigerators.

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  2. Our girls did the same! Last winter they got to the point they were giving us 7-8 eggs a day but they started molting (at their own individual pace) and production went WAY down- 1-2 eggs a day! But, like yours, ours have come back up to 4 eggs a day in the past week so we are excited!
    We also have kept eggs from them in reserve in our basement fridge so we wouldn’t have to buy any during the winter!

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    1. gardenpat, that's what we do, build up a reserve before the molting begins.

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  3. OUr chickens have slacked off and we do not artificial light them, but they will come back up in a few weeks.

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    1. Out My Window, thankfully, ours have started laying a little more so hopefully it won't be long before they will be back up to their full laying quota.

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  4. I have 25 chickens and our production is waaayyyyy down. Some of ours are really aging and of course the shorter days plays into it. I hate buying eggs at the store, but with six people here it is sometimes necessary. When we have an abundance, I have broken the eggs into ice cube trays, mixed the egg up with a fork, and frozen them. Then, when frozen, you can pop them out individually and freeze in freezer bags. Let them come to room temp and use as normal. I have also done this with leftover buttermilk. I measured out one cup and then noted how many cubes were filled to use that one cup. I made sure to note that on the freezer bag. I think mine were 8 cubes equals one cup. I do this with leftover orange and pineapple juice so I can have some to use in recipes.

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    1. MamaHen, that's a good tip about using leftover buttermilk, etc. I've done this several times and in fact, need to do it now. Thanks for the reminder!

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  5. We also haven't been getting any eggs here lately. We were getting about a dozen a day. But you are right- it's molting season and has been quite cold here. So we just let them do their thing.

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