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Such a wonderful thing happened today! We found our very first eggs! They were out in the goat building. Heh. Well, now we know where to look.

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lahermite
Feb. 13th, 2011 10:43 pm (UTC)
whoot whoot!

ducks, just for info, lay early in the morning, before being let out of their night house. their eggs are more nutritious, they lay longer and more regularly (thru the winter), eat more bugs, and invade your garden tearing it up far less.

don't you have a pond...... :)
ahavah
Feb. 14th, 2011 12:37 am (UTC)
We don't have a pond, actually. Hopefully one day though. We are considering getting another type of poultry this spring, but still musing. I'm leaning towards turkeys, actually. Josh doesn't like them, but I do!
lahermite
Feb. 14th, 2011 01:57 am (UTC)
i'm going to have chickens, ducks, and guinea fowl. the guineas lay edible eggs but they're very small. i'm getting a couple of guineas because they are cute and they LOVE ticks. then it'll be some girl chickens and ducks. i'll hopefully dig an actual pond at some stage, but til then, they'll have to walk over to the branch that runs alongside me. the guy down the road has ducks and they cross the road and go in the creek!

turkeys are cool. huge! i was at a house that had a big turkey rooster walking around. it's a lot more meat per kill, which has to be a good thing, right. lol.
mrsgirlyduck
Feb. 14th, 2011 12:53 am (UTC)
YAY for eggs!

Do a float test with them before you use them, just because the chicken went off and hid them on you so you don't know how old they are.
ahavah
Feb. 14th, 2011 01:11 am (UTC)
Ha ha, whoops. Too late! We'd been keeping an eye out, so hopefully they weren't too old. I'm not sure what a float test is. I'll have to look that up.
mrsgirlyduck
Feb. 14th, 2011 01:27 am (UTC)
LOL Basically just take a bowl of cold water drop the eggs in... if they sink they're fine, if they float they're not good. There's also some test you can do with salt water that depending on how the egg turns itself will tell you how old the egg is, but we always did the "as long as it's not old enough to float we don't care" thing.
ahavah
Feb. 14th, 2011 01:28 am (UTC)
Thanks! Glad to know that tip! Well, I suppose we'll find out in a day or so if we jumped the gun. :/
lahermite
Feb. 14th, 2011 01:59 am (UTC)
you'd have known if they were bad as soon as you cracked them. there's no mistaking the smell of a rotten egg!

the float test is for real. i did some boiled eggs the other day and one floated. when i took it out and put it in the compost, it broke. and stank!
adoptedwriter
Feb. 14th, 2011 01:04 am (UTC)
So exciting! AW
ahavah
Feb. 14th, 2011 01:11 am (UTC)
We're stoked!
stasia
Feb. 14th, 2011 04:35 am (UTC)
Yay, eggs!!

Stasia
ahavah
Feb. 24th, 2011 04:48 pm (UTC)
They were awesome! And they're coming fairly regularly now. :D
sidelong
Feb. 14th, 2011 05:58 am (UTC)
What eggcellent news! I'm eggstatic!

(I'm so sorry. It's the Nyquil. Please forgive me.)
ahavah
Feb. 24th, 2011 04:49 pm (UTC)
Don't apologize! I am a lover of puns. :D
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