Our first egg!!

We have been waiting patiently for 21- 1/2 weeks.   I peaked in the coop and today after church and guess what, there was a perfect little egg, finally!  It wasn’t in the next box, but was in the pine shavings on the coop floor.   I have golf balls in the next boxes, but may need to put some wooden eggs in there to better encourage the girls in.




Friday evening, my son and I put grass back in the small patch by our planter.   A few years ago I had pulled out the grass and turned this area into a garden.  With the aquaponics garden coming, we decided to put grass back in.  The chickens sure seem to love it.   They spend a good deal of the day picking through it, eating the blades and looking for anything else they can find in the mix.


Last month, I switched the feed from the organic crumble sold at the feed store to a whole mix of bulk items from Winco.  To me, it just looks like real food in contrast to the bag food I was getting, even if it was organic.   The new mix seems to last significantly longer and cost much less – always a good thing!

Some of the things I put in the mix:

  • Hard red wheat
  • Split green peas
  • Lentils
  • Black sun flower seeds (BOS)
  • Flaxseed
  • Oat grouts
  • Sesame seeds
  • Barley peals
  • Millet
  • Cracked corn
  • Nutritional yeast
  • Oyster shells

I got this idea from a great blog post by Garden Betty  – Garden Betty’s Homemade Whole Grain Chicken Feed

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