Ohiofarmgirl's Adventures in The Good Land is largely a fish out of water tale about how I eventually found my footing on a small farm in an Amish town. We are a mostly organic, somewhat self sufficient, sustainable farm in Ohio. There's action and adventure and I'll always tell you the truth about farming.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015


And it only took 2 weeks and an expensive bag of layer mash.... but we finally got one egg. One. We are still calling it a success.


The hens have almost all recovered from The Ugliest Molt Ever.... gosh they looked terrible. But they still have a ways to go. For most of the summer they pretty much were told to "get out there and free range because it's free"...and we got plenty of eggs. But then they all molted, horribly, and stopped laying. So we got them some high protein layer feed. And a light for the hen house.

Hopefully they are going to get back to business. We don't need tons of eggs - but some would be nice. One is a start, right?

It occurred to me that, aside from an odd hatchling here or there, most of our laying hens are 3 or 4 years old - or older. So we need to get our act together if we want eggs on a regular basis. Otherwise we just have a bunch of slackers out there. We'll work on this.

Also, the meat roos starting crowing about 3am this morning. I can assure you that it will be quiet by end of day on Saturday.

Happy Wednesday everyone!


David said...

How long is a layer's career?

Ohiofarmgirl said...

Typically only about 2 years, Dave. But we get regular layers when they are 3 - 5 .... just not every day. A lot of folks just cull layers when they get to be 2 - 4. Many of the older church ladies I know say that an older laying hen makes the best stewing chicken around. But I love my old biddies. They are great for insect control and are just a joy to be around. Especially during the summer the "cost" to have them around is basically nothing but some scratch or some cracked corn. They are very happy to just dig around all day and enjoy the sun. I just love them.

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