Friday, October 8, 2010

stars and slime

This morning was the first in a while that I didn't have to start my day in a rain slicker. I could see the stars, bright above, as I fed the animals. There's a small cluster of stars off to the righ of Orion, Taurus I think. I'm not much for astrology, I know nothing of it really. But I have always been drawn to those stars. They really pull me in, stick out to me among all the rest.

But yes, the dry morning! It was a nice, calm, change for the better. I love rain, I do, but was growing tired of the dampness. Time for some cool, crisp, days ahead this weekend.

The chickens are eating their eggs again, this happens from time to time. Usually because something sets them off into the habit. Either an egg cracks or is forgotten about and the fugitive hen pecks it, or food outside is growing slim as it gets colder and they need more to forage for. Today I'll set out a sacrificial pie pumpkin and let them eat it to pieces below their favorite nest. I hope it works. Few things are as gross as reaching for fresh eggs and coming back with slimy yellow hands.

Time for coffee. Enjoy your Friday, all.

14 Comments:

Blogger Eleanor said...

My cousin has chickens, and she mixes the eggshells in with fresh veggie scraps she feeds them. She says they need the calcium in the shells. Maybe that's why yours are eating the eggs?

October 8, 2010 at 7:38 AM  
Blogger Kirstyn said...

My mother always did that, too-- but said to make sure they're crushed beyond recognition or it can be the catalyst for them starting the 'eating their own' habit again.

October 8, 2010 at 9:21 AM  
Blogger doglady said...

I use my crushed egg shells to stop slugg attacks on broccoli and to let the calcium leech back into the soil. I feed my hens crushed oyster shells for hard shell production. It is quite inexpensive and it works.

October 8, 2010 at 9:50 AM  
Blogger Siberian said...

Your post reminded me of a some info I saw on MotherEarthNews a while back. It provides some tips for if/when hens peck at the eggs.

http://www.motherearthnews.com/ask-our-experts/chickens-eat-eggs-zb0z09zblon.aspx

I'm sure you know most of this stuff, but thought I would post it up anyhow :)

October 8, 2010 at 9:53 AM  
Blogger E said...

Try feeding them hay - good replacement for fresh grass and it gives them something to do. May or may not help with egg eating.

October 8, 2010 at 10:58 AM  
Blogger Tara said...

That IS gross. I've also broken more than one egg in my jacket pocket. Blech. :)

Good idea about the pumpkin - my feed store is covered up with them right now, and they're selling pie pumpkins for a dollar apiece. Think I'll pick up a couple for the girls today. And for me too!

October 8, 2010 at 11:40 AM  
Blogger Odd Ducks Farm said...

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October 8, 2010 at 12:03 PM  
Blogger Odd Ducks Farm said...

One of our biddies has a problem with shell production. Every once in a while, about once every two months, she'll lay a complete egg with no shell. All it has is the membrane that usually sits behind the shell. Let me tell you, reaching into the nest box and touching a gelatinous blob that explodes in your hand is beyond disgusting. But she tries so we give her extra attention anyway. :o)

October 8, 2010 at 12:04 PM  
Blogger Duck said...

I know all about reaching your hand in while you're still half awake only to be COMPLETELY awake ten seconds later... That's always nasty.

Thank goodness my few girls (the only one that's laying yet anyway) don't pick their eggs open unless they get stepped on or something. Usually it happens because of a thin shell. And they have free choice oyster shells, so I don't know what that's all about.

October 8, 2010 at 1:31 PM  
Blogger Diane said...

I think the cluster of stars you might be looking at is the Pleiades, or Seven Sisters (it's also on the logo on the front of your Subaru, BTW!) It's especially beautiful through a small set of binoculars.

And not to correct you, but it's astronomy we're talking here. Astrology is trying to predict the future based on the stars' position. Astronomy is the study or observation of them, with no fortune-telling going on! : )

October 8, 2010 at 2:45 PM  
Blogger Conny said...

Leaving out a pumpkin pie would be a sacrifice indeed. I hope your girls enjoy the treat. :>) Have a great weekend on the farm.

October 8, 2010 at 3:03 PM  
Blogger Stargazer 2 said...

JENNA,
THAT'S WHAT I'VE GOT TO LOOK
FORWARD TO HUH WITH THE EGGS!!!
HADN'T REALLY THOUGHT ABOUT THAT
BECAUSE ALL I REALLY WANTED WAS
DELICIOUS EGGS TO EAT FROM MY MINI
FARM!!!
COLD ANTLER FARM HAS WOKE ME
UP AGAIN!!! AT LEAST IT DOESN'T HURT YET!!!
CHEERS WITH A HEALTH DRINK FOR
AN EDUCATIONAL BLOG TODAY ABOUT,
EGGS!!!
RONNIE A VERY HAPPY SEAT WEAVER!!!

October 8, 2010 at 3:52 PM  
Blogger Kris said...

Hey, I also wonder if the stars you are talking about are the pleides. I have been drawn to them too, for years and years. I don't know what it is about them. They are a smaller constellation that I am not sure gets noticed all too much. It took me ages to find out the name for it though.
Tennyson wrote a poem about them too.

October 12, 2010 at 12:32 PM  
Blogger Westfarm Goat Mom said...

I put some cayenne pepper on the broken egg and leave it in the nest - that discourages the hens for a while.

October 13, 2010 at 8:13 AM  

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