An odd thing happened at the henhouse . . .

I’m so proud of my multi-color, multi-breed flock of chickens.  Some are over seven years old but I just can’t bear to get rid of them and I have several hens that are good brooders and give me fresh stock each year.  This helps keeps eggs coming year round.  I don’t do anything special for them and they are free range chickens.  I do make sure they have plenty of grain year round and lots of water.  I make sure they get at least one gallon of vinegar water a week to keep them clean internally.  For about a month now I’ve been getting between 14 and 22 eggs a day out of 27 chickens, two of which are roosters.

Miss Black Hen

This is my oldest hen Ms. Black and she greets me at the door every afternoon, purring and singing and waiting for a handful of grain.  I just can’t bear getting rid of her!!

Elvis and some of the girlsThis is Elvis and a few of the girls heading to the roost.  He’s such a gorgeous rooster and is constantly foraging and finding fresh worms and bugs for the ladies.

Yesterday afternoon when I took them fresh water and gathered the eggs I found this strange phenomenon:

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                         This not a normal egg gatherind day and the egg at the bottom of the picture is a normal large egg.

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This is a normal size egg.

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This is a very small egg & I’ll blog later the wonderful decorating idea I use them for.  Normally, this small, there will be no yolk, no joke 😉

DSCN3522This beauty is an enormous double yolker and I feel so sorry for the hen that laid it.

 

Author: countrygirllifeonthefarm

I am a wife, mother, and grandmother that lives on a farm in Craig County, Virginia and I am retired. I love to cook, read, quilt, craft, garden, hunt and take long walks in the woods. I have one gorgeous teen granddaughter, a wonderful little grandson and two beautiful and caring children, boy & girl. I've been married to my farmer husband for 46 years and he's the "love of my life"!! I love doing things the "old" way such as canning, making maple syrup & cider, handcrafts and baking. I've taught myself to crochet, embroider, and quilt with help from my paternal grandmother. I could read until the cows come home. We live off the products we raise and hunt for the most part. We run 75 head of cattle on our farm, 30 chickens, three rabbits and one dog. I help my husband with the cattle, feeding the livestock, hauling in firewood, fence repair, and general maintenance on the farm. I was a stay-at-home mom to my children and then went to work when they finished high school. I was a cook at a School for At-Risk Teens and part-time substitute teacher. Then I started work at our local Farm Bureau and stayed there for 17 years. I worked at Virginia Tech for almost five years and decided to take early retirement in July of 2015. NOW, I'm a full-time farmwife and loving every minute of it! I love to read fiction and the Bible. I'm currently hooked on quilting novels and Annie's Attic mysteries. I started this blog in 2011 and have met so many interesting bloggers and have kept up with my friends through my blog. I love to hunt with my bow and rifle and with a camera. We hunt to fill the freezer and cellar but would never kill anything for the fun of it. I have friends and family all over the United States. Some of my ancestry last names are Bradley, Dickson, Hylton, and Rose. I've lost both of my parents to brain cancer and miss them very much. I have one sister and four living brothers. I was raised in Paint Bank VA and moved to New Castle VA when I married. I went to school in Waiteville, WV, Gap Mills, WV and New Castle Va with a short semester of college at Virginia Western Community College in Roanoke VA.

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