Welcome to Cranky Puppy Farm!

This blog belongs to two Gen X-er's smackdab in downtown Kansas City where we've been renovating and decorating two old Victorians built in the 1890's. Our life is filled with 3 demanding Pomeranians (1 of them cranky, of course), honking cars, noisy neighbors and the hustle and bustle of city life but we dream of the day when we can move to our 40-acre farm and hear nothing but the wind and the cows next door. Until then, we're chronicling our triumphs and mishaps here as we try to garden and preserve on 2 city lots, raise chickens, and learn all those things we should have learned from our grandparents. Welcome to our world - we hope you'll stay awhile!

Update on Egg Totals

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

I just realized that it's been awhile since I've updated you on the girls and how they're laying.  As you know, I decided to NOT add any artificial light this winter, so I was afraid that laying would taper off significantly.  And it did at first.  At one point, I was down to a trickle of just 1 or 2 eggs a day for a couple of weeks in December\January. 

However, we're now consistently getting between 6 and 7 eggs per day from our 9 chooks:  5 Austrolorps and 4 Barred Rocks.  That's surprising, and I'm not sure if it's because all 9 are now laying (the Austrolorps were a little slow, I think), or because of the VERY mild winter we've had this year.  And gathering the eggs twice a day and making sure they had plenty of shavings in the nesting box seems to have eliminated my cannibalism issue.

Last weekend, J. and I stopped by Tractor Supply in Independence and picked up a Flock Block to keep the girls busy since they can't be out all the time.  Basically, it's a condensed block of molasses, oyster shell, grit, wheat, corn, milo and barley.  The idea is that the chickens will peck it and not each other.  We'll see if it works or not.  They were a little weirded out about it first and ignored it, but I checked this morning and the corners are rounded off, so they've definitely been pecking away at it.

January Egg Total89
February Eggs (so far):  40

We're halfway to the total number of eggs we got last month and it's only the 7th!  I need to get busy and sell some more eggs at work.

Got chickens?  I'd love to hear if you use artificial light during the winter and whether it affects their laying.

Have a glorious day,


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