It's been a busy month for the chickens. Caleb has been recording our egg haul every evening, so I thought I'd reprint it here:
1-oops...forgot to write it down!
Total recorded eggs-476
Estimated total including days missed-580
Current number of eggs in the fridge-205
Number of eggs consumed for breakfast-8, or 11 if Don is home
If you think that something wild must have happened today with the egg numbers, you are right. We found a stash of 22 eggs in the corner of the barn. Thankfully, it has been plenty cool and they should all be fine for eating. There isn't a broody hen in the bunch, so they should not be developing at all. I know they haven't been there for more than a week. But, since we don't know what days they belong to, they all got recorded for today.
Many eggs had also been fed either back to the chickens or to the dog. The hens have been, well, creative in their laying. Many eggs have been laid on the floor of the garage or in 50-lb boxes of nails. Because of this, they end up cracked. If the membrane is intact so that it hasn't all leaked out onto the floor (or in the nails...yuck!), I take the cracked egg in, cook it up, and feed it back to them. They love it and it's not getting wasted.
We've been enjoying the bounty around here. Souffle anyone?