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Post by Wilhelm Von Rhomboid on 25th November 2009, 5:21 pm

compostwoman wrote:Try totting the flock up again Billy Very Happy
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That tots up to 12 eggs yesterday... Very Happy

ah, I see now my estimate of a dozen or so was wildly... um... spot on?

I would probably be pushed to use 12 eggs a day, everyday, I confess.

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Post by Compostwoman on 25th November 2009, 5:39 pm

Billy I though you were baffled as to how I was getting 12 eggs as I didn't have 12 hens......so I counted them out for you, thats all..........

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I think getting that number of eggs this time of year, with some older birds, is pretty good , myself. Laughing
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Post by Wilhelm Von Rhomboid on 25th November 2009, 5:43 pm

Indubitably very top-hole super, CW. I just can't imagine how to use a dozen eggs a day everyday. As mentioned we easily rattle through 2 dozen a week and I could push that to three dozen without much difficulty, but a dozen a day is beyond me and my arteries.

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Post by Akuma on 25th November 2009, 10:29 pm

OMG!! A dozen eggs a day?! What do you do with them all CW?!

Billy, as always, you're a veritable font of knowledge and I think I shall rename you - The Oracle.

Just as well I have all you fab folks to tell me as it is....the books I've got from the library don't seem to tell you what to do with all those lovely eggs.

My DS wouldn't complain at the prospect of lots of eggs - he thinks he's Mr Strong and therefore must eat eggs everyday! Favourite at present is dippy egg & toastie soldiers - egg's got to be proper runny though else mummy gets in to mucho trouble Rolling Eyes Laughing

Go on then....as we're discussing what to do with said eggs - what's your favourite way to eat them?!

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Post by MrsNesbitt on 25th November 2009, 11:54 pm

Poached! On toast!

mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm! cook

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Post by Compostwoman on 26th November 2009, 12:02 am

Hmmm I posted a big reply earlier about how to deal with lots of eggs.....and it has gone somewhere.....

Right...I sell about 3 - 4 doz a week..it varies according to how many I have surplus....I always have had enough for the very regular customers...which with us as well is 30 eggs a week...

If freely available, we eat around 2 doz eggs a week, what with scrambled, boiled and the odd cake or somethnig......

and I give the odd half doz away..so that uses them all up!

I didn't used to have so many hens, so I sold less eggs....

Akuma, one thing I would say...I started 3 years ago back into chook keeping with 2 hens.....and look at me now...

They are very addictive creatures to keep and if, like me, you like different breeds and let broody hens do thier stuff on rare breed eggs...you soon get more hens!

AND if you hatch out eggs more that 50% are usually cockerels and all a clutch could well be! So.....you have to decide how to deal with cockerels..do you want to keep one? or not...and what will you do with the rest?..

I love my chickens...I am besotted, I freely admit...
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Post by Compostwoman on 26th November 2009, 12:03 am

I love a dippy boiled egg...with toast and butter....and marmite...mmmmmmmmmmm
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Post by Leanne on 26th November 2009, 6:59 am

I am down to just seven hens (3 fullsize hens and 4 bantams/ bantam croses) at the moment, and we are currently fairly egg poor! My welsummer marigold (my favourite hen) is in spectacular moult, my two red hens, a warren type, are old and no longer lay . the four young ones are either coming through moult or have been broody so eggs are spasmodic. I shall be adding a few new hens in early spring though, and these are already newly hatched/ in the incubator as i type Very Happy
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Post by Akuma on 26th November 2009, 9:15 am

I only have a tiny back garden so I am limited by size. Maximum I'll be taking on will be 3 chooks. No breeding of any sort as it's part of the restrictive covenants.

I'd read somewhere chooks should be kept in 3's as a minimum, is that true? I'm curious as my parents had 2 for a while until Mr fox ate one of them....then they just had the one, she was happy enough but turned into a bit of a lap hen! Liked nothing more than a cuddle and bit of digestive biccy Shocked Laughing Sadly she too got eaten but such is the life of a free range lady.

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Post by Wilhelm Von Rhomboid on 26th November 2009, 10:02 am

Akuma wrote: she too got eaten but such is the life of a free range lady.

actually no I won't say what I was going to say there.

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Post by Compostwoman on 26th November 2009, 10:32 am

Shocked BILLY!

Akuma yes, hens are happier in 3's ( or more...) they are social creatures and a pair or even a single gets a bit sad....

I am sure your parents' hen was very happy though, with all the attention she got..!
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Post by Nick B on 5th February 2010, 12:32 pm

Well we have 17 hens 1 welsummer by the name of Annie, then 2 RIR Peggy and Sue, some of the others have names but I can't put them on here at this time.
But 1 is called curried, roast,stir fried, Well need I go on Twisted Evil Twisted Evil Twisted Evil
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Post by Green Rosie on 5th February 2010, 12:43 pm

Oh dear - can I remember them?

Mrs Cross Beak, Mrs Black, Norma, Chocolate, Fluffy Chick, Mrs Blacktail, Chicken Licken, Mabel, Mrs Gold Very Happy

M Renard got Fat Bird and Nellie Grey died of a possible heart attack (she was a bit fat Embarassed )

We had 2 old girls, adopted from a friend - Old Speckled Hen and OOO (Other Old One) but they too are in the great chicken run in the sky.

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Post by Wilhelm Von Rhomboid on 5th February 2010, 12:58 pm

Green Rosie wrote: the great chicken run in the sky.

is that a euphemism?

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Post by polgara on 5th February 2010, 1:16 pm

No it is a large pan. lol!
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Post by Compostwoman on 5th February 2010, 2:00 pm

Tis a stockpot, surely? Very Happy

I have a VERY cold place , where naughty cockerels go to live... Twisted Evil
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Post by polgara on 5th February 2010, 2:05 pm

Yes I think you are right CW, What a lovely item. Stick the whole chook in it
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Post by Compostwoman on 5th February 2010, 2:13 pm

It is a lovely pot, I agree Pol!
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Post by polgara on 5th February 2010, 6:05 pm

Make enough soup in it for a week. lol!
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Post by Green Rosie on 5th February 2010, 10:20 pm

Wilhelm Von Rhomboid wrote:
Green Rosie wrote: the great chicken run in the sky.

is that a euphemism?

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Laughing

I actually meant they were dead. We did eat Old Speckled Hen but OOO was too scrawny and had something wrong with her. (She's buried under our septic tank filter bed!!)

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Post by gunners71uk on 7th February 2010, 6:41 pm

the four or five rgg layers we will have in the next month or so im not sure if i be able to distinquiah but we think paxo, cranberry, sage , onion , tonight but the jury is out at the mo on names with the help of our daughters boyfriend we have made a free range run too
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Post by Wilhelm Von Rhomboid on 7th February 2010, 7:03 pm

gunners71uk wrote: we have made a free range run too

Isn't that a contradiction in terms? How can they be free range in a run?

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Post by Broadstoneuk on 8th July 2010, 10:48 pm

Are hens are called:

Maud
Dot
Flo
Wyn
Peggy
Dolly
Joyce


The other 3 haven't a name yet. We choose their names via the obituaries.
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Post by Guest on 9th July 2010, 11:53 am

Last years two are Salt and Pepper as they are rather long necked and one was more white, and one erring on the dark (they are Red and Blonde mixed)

Our very new two are Pot and Kettle as they are both black ar3ed!
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Post by Wilhelm Von Rhomboid on 9th July 2010, 12:18 pm

Ours are just called chickens. "The bossy on" or "The floppy-combed one" etc if it is necessary to distinguish between them.
The pigs are not having names either, although the wild boars are going to be called Asterix and Obelix.

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