Today we were shocked when Simon went into the nesting boxes and found the off white coloured egg nearly twice the size of the brown egg! It was massive compared to what we’re used to from what the two girls lay. Once home Simon decided on egg sandwiches for tea, when he used the large egg to our surprize it was a double yolk!! I just had that one in my sandwich and it was delicious and I loved the amount of extra yolk I got dripping all over my fingers and plate.
We are hoping and wishing that it becomes something on a regular basis but we know it won’t but we can dream! We can’t wait until the next hen starts laying her eggs. By looking at then you can almost see the waddle and crowns that are big enough on three of them that we hope to get eggs from very soon!
The Big Egg, the brown one is the regular size we get
As you know there has been a lot of rain lately, well the ground at the allotment can only take so much and these photos prove that!
The worse is our neighbour in plot 3, his whole allotment is covered from top to bottom and sadly it looks like they (two friends share the whole plot) won’t be planting anything soon. I took two photos of their plot and you can see the only thing missing from their ‘pond’ are some ducks swimming around!
Our plot isn’t as bad, the girl’s run is about 1/4-1/2 covered, sorry no photos yet. But our peas are covered and now so much water that their sun-traps popped off! The strip next to our neighbour in 2A is flooded as you can see it’s got a carpet covering more of the water, that’s where the lettuce is, and some squash (butternut and spaghetti) was going to be planted.
Overall we got away lightly, and we are thankful for that! After all, even the top corner of our potato plot got drenched and luckily enough we had not planted anything there yet!
I can’t make it to the girls, also known as our little princesses recently, so I’m going on what Simon says about their run and their health. Only sudden problem is the one girl laying the near white egg is now giving us an egg that is very soft and not eatable due to this, we think it can be either new mixture of food or the rain. We can only try to ask another chicken owner we know why this is happening, but we just have to catch him as we’re letting the girls out or putting them away for the night.
So enjoy the photos of our water and the pond.
Since the rain had stopped and Keagan had met the girls, today was Baxter’s turn.Unlike Keagan, Baxter didn’t find the girls interesting at all, he totally ignored them, not even a glance at them.
After this he was then lucky enough to have a run in the common, stretching his arthritic legs in a nice run that makes him happy. Unlike his brother he’s not phased by the horses anymore as he’s run the common for as long as we’ve had him. (going on near 5yrs.)
Simon took a walk to the allotment and took Keagan with him, he did great on the walk there and Simon said he enjoyed it quite well. He met little humans with short legs, other dogs and HUGE dogs with long legs, (the horses in the common they needed to walk through). SO he gets to the allotment and meets the girls, he did very well and didn’t bark at the or even try to go after them, he put him nose tot he fence and sniffed them.
Simon took Keagan again and he was just as good with everything, including humans, dogs and the HUGE dogs again. But he went with us in the car once and when they went to the coop to put them away for the night he barked at the girls, this isn’t acceptable so it’ll be a little while until he is taken back to see the girls.
As you have seen we were able to get some nice bricks from the buildings being torn down next door. We now have then lining paths and such on the original half of the allotment. It makes the allotment look nice, and now we’re able to see what is where and the paths look better over-all. The potato plots and strawberry plots have four bricks on each corner to outline them, the rhubarb is fully in its own outline as are the onions and garlic.
The greenhouse has also been moved from the far end of the tubs to the front of the tubs right next to where we have our chairs and table. It’s nicer and almost safer there as it is fully tied down and everything has also been tie-wrapped together so the four shelf stack is wrapped to the other shelf for more security.
The carrots in the tubs are slowly growing but very drowned in water with all the rain we’ve been getting, so with their little tops coming up I can only hope that they continue to grow as I have the multi-coloured carrots in there and I’m excited about that and hoping that they grow and we get some purple, yellow and white carrots!
In the greenhouse I have corn started, melons, butternut and spaghetti squash, brussle sprouts and finally a mix of something! This is because the greenhouse took a tumble before and I saved what I could that was growing and put it all together in a crate. SO it could be more of the above or something completely different, but I can’t wait to see what it is in the end and can only hope it grow healthy once in the soil! You can tell I know more about the greenhouse because Simon puts a chair in there for me to do what’s needed, and the carrots are knee level for me to plant seeds, so I’m in control of those two things in the allotment.
And there was a beautiful day we spent the whole day there and both got a nice tan already, I’m darkly tanned and Simon in a light tan, even my fingers got tanned, all without the help of pre-tanning lotion. I just can’t wait for the rain to end so we can get out there more again, sit in the sun and just breath in clean air.
We are now getting two eggs a week, a near white one and our usual brown egg. This is great as we now are getting two eggs a day and they taste great especially as egg sandwiches!! We don’t know who our egg layer is, but it could be Purdy, Charlotte or Cluck-Cluck. Each day Simon needs to fight with Cluck-Cluck to get the eggs from their nesting boxes, she screams at him as if to say,’Leave the egg alone and nobody will get hurt!’ I find it rather comical but in fact it’s something you don’t want to happen, you don’t want a broody hen. So it’s going to be a hunt to figure out who’s laying the white egg. Give us time and we will figure it out sooner rather then later!
We have found our egg culprit or at least we think we have, it’s THUNDER!!! She was making all kinds of noises this morning, making us think she needed to deliver us another delicious egg. We let her be while we did our things on the allotment. HINT Look at the new allotment photos! Any way back to the egg deliverer… We gave her time and didn’t check on the nesting box nor did we go near the run, this was about 9am when she started with the cries and running in and out of the coop. We stayed at the allotment until about 3p and then Simon checked the nesting boxes again and found a nice and warm egg!!
The allotment all tidied up
The Rhubarb plot marked out
Again we broke open this heavy egg, and cooked it and then shared it together. Another delicious, melt in your mouth egg. We’re hoping that she continues to grow strong, bulk up and that the eggs start to get bigger!! We think that our next egg layer will be Freida because of her size, comb (the red bit at the top), wattles (the red wiggly bit under the chin) and all of these are near the size to Thunder. So we were lucky to catch Thunder with her cries and running in an out of the coop.
She doesn’t have to lay her eggs inside her coop, we have a mate who has chickens and his chickens lay them all over the yard, under the coop, and in the manure pile! So we check daily on where the egg is in case Freida starts laying and doesn’t want to lay in the coop and finds a nice spot under their house. So it takes a while at night when they go to bed to do a full egg check, and again check the coop in case we have a chicken egg eater, which we don’t seem to *Knock On Wood!* This is what it sounds like a chicken who finds an egg cracks it open and then eats them.