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Finally We Have an EGG Problem

The roos have been gone for quite some time now, and the ladies have been consistently laying an average of 10 eggs a day for probably close to 2 weeks! Not bad for a 16 lady flock that’s 85% heritage. More importantly is that this is finally far more eggs then we can eat. Which is how we got to our egg problem. But I have a feeling that enough people hear about our egg problem and it will be taken care of. Not to brag, but these eggs are really tasty and really healthy. Free-ranging and fed organic feed. Even the ones at the farmer’s market can’t truly claim that. Little known fact is that most farmers that produce eggs for market can’t afford to feed them organically and still make a profit, so they pasture them, but still feed them conventional stuff. And the ones you get at the store that say “free-range”, that just means there’s a little door in their coop to go outside that doesn’t even have to be open for it to count.

You might remember that we used to have a chicken problem. Which mom didn’t like to admit, but had to when  I complained about how much they were eating without producing. We were egg rationing, lucky if we got 2 dozen a week. I figure each dozen was costing about $16 in chicken feed (now its down closer to $5). Lesson learned: those Mother Earth News articles and such that say you can have free range, pastured, bug eating hens, that don’t need to be fed is true – unless you actually want eggs. It’s a myth, these pastured laying hens that don’t need feed, unless of course you’ve made an effort to grow specific plants that provide them with more protein. Which we are currently scheming about.

But I digress. The easy solution to the feed bill was to harvest the roos. Which immediately increased egg production up to at least 3 dozen a week. Apparently too many dudes gets in the way of the ladies laying. I’m guessing it has something to do with them getting chased around and humped all the time. I wouldn’t feel much like laying an egg in that situation either.

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Mud is main blog writer extraordinaire, picture guru, and the garden and adventure instigator. She loves to cook, but doesn’t much like following a recipe. She also loves typewriters, the color turquoise, and wearing tie dye with stripes. And she dorks out on permies.com while dreaming up and planning her next garden.

2 comments on “Finally We Have an EGG Problem

  1. Toni
    October 30, 2012

    I have raised chickens for many years, and I have always had more roo’s than needed, and you have just made a decision for me. I did not know that having a rooster in the house would be so detrimental to the hens. I know you do not need a roo to make hens lay, but you do need one if you want fertile eggs to make more babies. But like you said, you still have to feed that rooster, driving up feed cost and he is not producing but most likely keeping the hens from producing. This is a revelation to me. No where I have read that..so my roosters will be gone…Thank you for this information.

  2. suze
    October 30, 2012

    Hey Toni,

    i probably should clarify things a bit… we’ve experienced too many roos, one roo, and no roos. too many roos was very hard on the ladies, drove up our feed costs, and kept egg production down. no roo in the henhouse resulted in social disorder and level of chaos that was unprecedented. now we have one roo for each group of hens; egg production is way way up and the feed bill is down. the ladies know their man, are happy, and the roo does a fabulous job of watching over the flock.

    it’s all been an interesting experience… s

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