Tuesday, September 2, 2008

August Milk and Egg Tally

August's numbers look better:
  1. 9 eggs, 4.5 cups milk
  2. 16 eggs, 7.5 cups milk
  3. 9 eggs, 7 cups milk
  4. 27 eggs, 4.5 cups milk
  5. 14 eggs, 4.5 cups milk
  6. 14 eggs, 7.5 cups milk
  7. 20 eggs, 6.5 cups milk
  8. 26 eggs, 4.5 cups milk
  9. 17 eggs, 6.5 cups milk
  10. 20 eggs, 8.5 cups milk
  11. 26 eggs, 8.5 cups milk
  12. 23 eggs, 6.5 cups milk
  13. 20 eggs, 6.5 cups milk + a spill
  14. 23 eggs, 8 cups milk
  15. 23 eggs, 9 cups milk
  16. 19 eggs, 6.5 cups milk
  17. 24 eggs, 5.5 cups milk
  18. 18 eggs, 6.5 cups milk
  19. 21 eggs, 6.5 cups milk
  20. 19 eggs, 8.5 cups milk
  21. 21 eggs, 8.5 cups milk
  22. 17 eggs, 6 cups milk
  23. 20 eggs, 7 cups milk
  24. 18 eggs, 7 cups milk
  25. 18 eggs, 9 cups milk
  26. 17 eggs, 5.5 cups milk
  27. 21 eggs, 6 cups milk
  28. 17 eggs, 5.5 cups milk
  29. 17 eggs, 6.5 cups milk
  30. 16 eggs, 4.5 cups milk + a spill
  31. 16 eggs, 5 cups milk
Totals: 586 eggs, 204 cups milk (or 48.83 dozen eggs, 12.75 gallons milk)
Eggs sold: 13.5 dozen

We seem to have worked out a system with Annabelle. We bring Burt out with her and let him begin to nurse. After about 2 minutes, we then pull him off and tie him up by her head. She lets her milk down for him and then we milk her as fast as possible because as soon as her bit of food runs out and she is no longer distracted, she pulls that milk back up in a hurry. Therefore, if I am milking alone, I get less simply because I can only work so fast on my own. It's a bit of a circus, but it is working. We are getting enough to be satisfied.

Egg production is also on the rise. I do believe those chickens were just too hot to perform. I do still think there are stray eggs being laid somewhere on the pasture, but we are back to getting a decent amount. I also believe that they like to get fresh straw in their nests and lay better with it. Now why they continue to scratch it all out onto the floor and why we continue to find that they've pooed in it (though I think that may be the roosters roosting on the front lip of the nests doing that) is beyond me. They are not the smartest of creatures.

They do know their routine, though. Here is a little video of what goes on in the mornings when we let them out and feed them. Enjoy!
video

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