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January 29, 2016

Friday Follow-Up

This week:

We celebrated my birthday this week. As I mixed the batter for my birthday cake, I added one of the pullet eggs I'd gathered. Usually I've gotten small pullet-size eggs but this one was almost normal sized and was perfect for baking with. Imagine my surprise when I found two dime-sized yolks inside instead of one normal-sized yolk. A double-yolker!

A normal-sized egg with two small yolks.

I've gathered two or three eggs each day this week. I'm happy with my experiment: I bought my chicks in summer instead of spring so that I could raise them without heat lamps. In the past my spring chicks usually didn't lay until the following spring when the days got longer and the weather warmed back up. I was hoping that late summer chicks would be a lower investment in electricity, time and feed, and they have been. This way they began laying at 5-6 months old instead of 10-12 months old. My cost to bring them to point-of-lay was considerably lower than usual.

This week's posts were:

Building raised beds with salvaged materials

The Garden Expansion


Easy Crockpot Potato Soup


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