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!

Welcome to the Red Light District

Monday, January 14, 2013

Roxanne!  You don't have to put on the red light.  
You don't have to...put on the red light!

That is, unless it's supposed to be 9 degrees outside and you want your beloved chickies to be toasty.  And the brooder light adds some nice ambiance, even if it does look a little risque.  (Insert your Chicken Ranch jokes here.)

If you peek in the window in that pic, you can see some of the girls roosting for the night.

Speaking of chickens, there have been a couple of interesting things that our feathered friends have been up to recently.  The first has to do with their slow down in laying:  in December, I barely got an egg a day.  I attribute that to the onset of cold weather and the decrease in daylight.  The poor girls have been laying for over a year, so I think they're entitled to a vacation and we haven't been adding any supplemental light in the coop to stimulate their laying. 

But, now that we're past the winter solstice and the days are getting longer, I think we're an upswing.  We're not up to an average of 3 eggs per day out of 9 hens, which is a pace that is just fine with me.  What's difficult is that they're really chowing down on the food, since they can't get out and free range (it's dark when I get home from work and they're already in "bed"). 

I discovered the other oddity tonight when I went out to shut the coop door and gather the eggs.  There were two perfect eggs and then this:

I swear...doesn't that look like a walnut?

I wonder what caused this.  Did it get stuck?  The shell is nice and hard and the inside looked normal when I cracked it.  (Yes, I had to peek.)  The hens have been staying in their coop because of the cold, so I wonder if this is just a fluke from a hen that might have stopped laying for awhile,  or maybe its stress-related.  This is the first one that I've seen and everybody seems healthy, so I guess I'll just have to wait and see if we get any more.

 Shared with this week's Weekly Top Shot and Clever Chick blog hops. 


  1. What a funky looking egg! Thanks for sharing though.
    Have a great week and try to stay warm!

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Mary. We're hunkered down here expecting single digits again tonight. Looks like a warmer weekend, though. I can't tell for sure - are those palm trees in your avatar? Wish I was there!

  2. Yikes! That does look like a walnut. Anytime the shells are misshapen, I've heard it's most likely stress-related or the chicken got a scare. So interesting!

    1. That's what I was reading, ONOTW. Either that, or respirator bronchitis. But everyone is healthy, so I'm wondering if it was stress. I shooed a cat away from their run the night before, so that my have been it?

  3. Funky! I had one like that this year too. Not pretty! lol. You may enjoy my blog post about how hens make eggs and why some are odd like this one. http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2012/01/how-hen-makes-egg-egg-oddities.html

    Thanks for linking up with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop! I hope you'll join us again!

    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick

    1. Thanks for that really informative link, Kathy. I had no idea, for example, that the brown on eggs could be rubbed off.

      And thanks for hosting the hop!

  4. LOVE it! I'm so glad you came by to share on Weekly Top Shot #65!


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