Tuesday, November 10, 2015
It's Round Bale Time and Whats Up With Blue Eggs?
Got my first two round bales of the season delivered today. While I generally think we can produce enough hay to feed the sheep flock when you count in the useless nags we don't so we are still forced to buy hay. This means I have to take the yearling and invalid sheep off the Winter pasture early to let the nags out there which also means I have to start feeding hay to the yearlings before I would have to if we didn't have the nags. I put a large round bale out in the main hayfield/Winter pasture for the horses and another one in the West pasture for the yearling/invalid flock. I then only have to feed the breeding ewes and rams from the square bales I have stored.
Ideally I would run both the nags and the yearlings out in the hay field until the cold killed the remaining grass but one of the horses likes to chase the sheep and it also requires I leave the gate open to the pasture. The fencing around the hay field is sheep proof but the pasture is only four strand barbed wire and the sheep can escape from it. So that means when the nags go out the sheep have to stay in the smaller West pasture.
It's not too bad of an arrangement this year as the hay crop was pretty good so we are getting the big 6x6 foot round bales for $25.00 each. Usually the big farmer down the road brings em up on his New Holland and drops em where I want em and even uses his spike to rip off the wrapping. This year however he is so far behind in harvesting his wife just showed up with one on her truck spike and made two trips and just dropped em off on their side in the pasture.
That meant I had to break out the two foot long bolt and logging chains to pull the things over with my 8N. That was after I rolled one around with the blade into position too.
The stupid sheep kept trying to eat the thing while I was rolling it.
Oh well no sheep were crushed while I pushed this 2000 pound round bale around, so there was that.
I got seven eggs today. I don't think that is a bad haul considering six of the 18 hens are over a year old and it's November and all. Yet the two Eastereggers and the Hamburg hen have me stumped. I have yet to see the Hamburg hen lay but the rooster is mating her so I assume she is somewhere. I do occasionally get an almost white egg but it's almost as large as the others and I thought the Hamburg laid a smaller white egg. Maybe the almost white one is hers? The Eastereggers have really confused me though. I have seen each of them sitting to lay and twice now I have gotten light blue eggs BUT I have also seen both of them come off a nest having laid a light brown egg as well.
Now I was under the impression from reading that these hens could lay blue eggs (or green or pink) but that if they did they would only lay that color. These hens seem to lay mostly light brown eggs but rarely pop out a blue egg that is larger than usual. I have only seen one short blurb that stated these hens would do that, all the rest claim they only lay one color, whatever color that is.
So anyone out there have any experience with Easteregger hens laying mostly brown eggs with the rare big blue one from time to time? Or do I just have mutant Easteregger hens? That wouldn't surprise me because I have determined we are not allowed to have normal animals on the Small-Hold, only weird ones.
It's like only the misfits of the animal kingdom actually thrive around here sometimes it seems.
Anyway I don't really care what color their eggs are but it just has me confused. Those few blue eggs are HUGE too. I don't see how those little hens can pop one of them things out without exploding.
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