five-in-one

We usually check on the chickens (and really, check for eggs) several times per day.  They tend to lay most of their eggs by noon, but egg-laying often spans from dawn to dusk–contrary to what either of the White Pine Farm humans had assumed before acquiring said chickens.

On Tuesday, I left for work at 7:15 am per usual and Ron was also gone from then until 2:00 in the afternoon.  When he checked on the chickens upon returning home, there were fives eggs in one (small) nest box.  They generally have “favorite” nest boxes, and often several of the eggs will get laid in the same box on the same day.  But if we check for eggs over the course of the day, we’re usually taking the eggs out before the next one(s) get laid.

Obviously, not Tuesday!

I would have loved to see chicken #4 or #5 trying to settle into the nest box with three or four eggs already there.  Seems more than a bit awkward and precarious and it’s amazing none of the eggs broke, but I guess they really wanted to lay in that nest box.

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3 Responses to five-in-one

  1. Lisa says:

    That’s pretty awesome! I wonder what makes it the superior nest box?? Good feng shui? Nice lighting? Hmmm…..

    Are you two going through 28-35 eggs a week? What are you doing with the extras? Could it become a small business, selling them (we pay $4 a dozen for our local eggs). Wish we were neighbors so we could buy some from you!

  2. Sara says:

    Hi Lis,

    Alas, I think a “superior” nest box is one that is popular: in other words, eggs beget eggs… The chickens definitely have a flock mentality (it’s a phrase for a reason). They tend to do what the others are doing–whether it’s going outside, coming inside the coop, heading towards the garden, or laying eggs in one box.

    We eat 4 eggs for b’fast almost every morning so we go through 24-28 each week. When the hens were laying 3-5 eggs per day, we basically kept up with them. But now that Daisy is laying, and it’s more like 4-6 per day, they are starting to get a bit ahead of us. A meal with friends brings us back to a steady state in the egg universe. For instance, we had some friends over for brunch two weeks ago, including a Very Hungry, Egg Loving almost-2-year-old who ate an adult’s share of eggs so that almost zeroed us out. 🙂 We are planning on getting 3 more chickens in early summer, which would mean even more eggs than we can eat this time next year. We might put up a little sign and try selling eggs to neighbors. Organic eggs here range from around $2.50/doz at our co-op to $3.00 for our favorite meat vendor at the Ithaca Farmers’ Market, but most egg-selling vendors at the IFM are $4.00-5.75/doz!?

    • Lisa Kozleski says:

      Very cool, Sar! Thanks for the awesome explanation and also for insight into your egg-eating lives!

      Our grocery store sells organic eggs for $6.25 a dozen (and they are old and never as delicious as local eggs)… so I feel like $4/doz for local (not certified organic but chickens “raised in liberty” – don’t you love the French phrase for that? — and free to run and roam) is a bargain. And SO much more delicious.

      Miss you so much, and thanks for all of these updates. Xoxoxoxoxoxo

      L

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