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Katahdin hair sheep shedding- early may
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Nothing like a home grown meal- but if you can’t grow all of it yourself, we would be happy to supply you with the lamb.

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clearly the electric fence is not on

Yes, the eggs do have a bluish hue.

The chickens have been busy producing wonderful eggs.  They have bluish hue to them which also makes them pretty to look at.

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Today when I was feeding the sheep, I found this egg in the hay mow.  It is the first egg I have found!   At the momement we are not managing our chickens for eggs, so this was a fun suprise.

A few years ago we got pigs.  The idea was that the pigs would start our in the barn and turn the bed pack the sheep create during the winter months.  They were suppossed to root around and loosen it up, eat any fly larvae, make it “fluffy” so that when Mike and I cleaned the barn, it wouldn’t be such hard work (we do it by hand with a pitch fork and shovel, and you can imagine that no one volunteers to help for this sort of work – ok- expect you, Lauren- thank goodness for Lauren). 

Anyway, it didn’t quite work out as we had planned.  The pigs wanted us to add WATER to the mix- well- you can imagine that didn’t help make it FLUFFY!   We moved our pigs out of the barn and over to pasture- they would make a great blog entry – I will finish their story another time.

What does any of this have to do with the first egg?  The chickens turned out to be the perfect answer to what the pigs were supposed to do.  The chickens scratch the bed pack every day and the CHICKENS make it “fluffy”.   We had intended to move the chickens into the new chicken coop for the winter, BUT once I discovered how GREAT they were doing in the barn with the sheep, I decided to hold off on the chicken coop. 

kissing pigs

 Now if the chickens were in the coop, they would be getting “layer mash” and I would expect eggs; however, they are not, and I am just throwing cracked corn in the bedding (which is what makes them scratch around for it.  You see as the sheep walk around, they burry some of it, so the chickens have to “look” for it).   So far I am very happy with the chickens.  They seem to be the perfect solution.  They eat a lot of bugs and this summer they kept the flys under control.  Now they are helping me out in the barn.  Good chickens!

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