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Sneaky Little Devils
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KellyGa    Posted 12-29-2004 at 07:40:32       [Reply]  [No Email]
My chickens were being deceitful. They were hiding their little treasure from me, and I fell for it!

They were making an excessive amount of noise this morning, and still are, as we speak...sigh....I sure hope they shut up soon, or the neighbors and the neighbors neighbors are gonna know I have chickens!

I went out to see what all the fuss was about. I went to collect eggs, out of the preapproved laying hay filled baskets I put in the hen house for them, way back when. I found three in one, and two in the other. BUT...I also found a buff BEHIND the basket with about 8 eggs, and then...over in the corner, what do my eyes see, but another buff gone broody, on about 10!!!! GRRRRRR! She puffed up and shrilled at me, but I collected anyway.

You see, because it is winter, they are laying less, or so I thought, so, I just have two laying boxes in the house right now. Bad idea, somebody took that idea and ran with it! So, all hid away in the corner, amongst the pinestraw and leaves, lay 10 eggs, plus the ones hidden behind the laying box. and learn, live and learn.

The thing that gets me is I don't know how long those eggs have been sitting there uncollected, so...being safe instead of sorry, and sick, I threw them all away. With them sitting on them that much they probably aren't any good anyway, staying warm like that too much.

I will have to keep a MUCH sharper eye out for my breakfast eggs. I thought production had slowed, lol, boy did they fool me! LOL!

mark    Posted 12-29-2004 at 09:48:06       [Reply]  [No Email]
I tried to collect all the goose eggs this past
spring and summer to keep the gaggle size in
check but one day here comes a goose with
three goslings in tow. Seems she found a way
into the center of our round bale pile and sat
deep inside there happy as a clam and
completely unnoticed.... rotten thing.

Ron/PA    Posted 12-29-2004 at 09:40:44       [Reply]  [No Email]
Kelly, You can candle your eggs and look for blood spots, cracks, weak shells, or poor air sacks. You cannot tell if an egg is good or bad by candling! Salmonella will not show up no way, no how under a light. If you don't know the age of the egg, just go ahead and toss it. Don't take a chance.

KellyGa    Posted 12-29-2004 at 18:52:32       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thats what I thought. I didn't think I could tell the freshness that way. I just tossed them, we get plenty enough in, no big loss.

deadcarp    Posted 12-29-2004 at 08:26:17       [Reply]  [No Email]
why waste good eggs? why not just candle them? only takes a light bulb and a cardboard box. :)

Zenia    Posted 12-29-2004 at 08:46:40       [Reply]  [No Email]
How does candling work? Those are not fertile eggs.

I think, though, the water trick would work, fresh eggs sink faster. And spinning, if they spin easily they are not fresh.

For what it's worth, though, I toss eggs that I am not certain of when they were laid, too. Too much bother.

deadcarp    Posted 12-29-2004 at 11:38:18       [Reply]  [No Email]
big thing is: anytime you're using farm eggs, crack them nto a separate bowl first, to make sure the don't smell bad.
if there's any doubt about age, candle them first. the idea of candling is to see inside the egg without opening it.
candling is easy - you just look for a blood spot and if it's big enough, let the hen set, there's a chick brewing. if the egg's cloudy, treat it like a bomb. but if it looks like eggs look, why waste it?

KellyGa    Posted 12-29-2004 at 18:53:51       [Reply]  [No Email]
Sorry deadcarp, no rooster, no chicks. I just buy my chicks and I like to hand raise them. I thought y'all knew I didn't have a rooster! ;) Thanks anyway though.

KellyGa    Posted 12-29-2004 at 08:29:58       [Reply]  [No Email]
How do I tell if they are good or bad by candling them?

Hawk    Posted 12-29-2004 at 09:22:15       [Reply]  [No Email]
you candle them to see if they are fertile and seeing that you don`t have a rooster they won`t be fertile, and like Zenia said use the water test to see if they fresh.

KellyGa    Posted 12-29-2004 at 18:55:04       [Reply]  [No Email]
HEYYYYYYY...I know just I saw the pics of Frank, poor Frank, he will be better soon I hope!

Fawteen    Posted 12-29-2004 at 08:17:50       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yep, they'll do that, and not just in the winter either. I have a pretty good idea how many eggs I should get per day. If it drops off noticeably for more than a day, I go on a 'treasure hunt'.

You'll find stashes in all sorts of spots. When I cleaned up the garden this fall, I found a clutch of 20 or so in the weeds under the sunflowers. I was REAL careful not to break any as I flung 'em out inta the puckerbrush. I got an idea some of them was more than a little ripe...

KellyGa    Posted 12-29-2004 at 08:39:16       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hey Fawteen! Good to see you! Hows Fernando? I do love that kind of the hill llama! :)

Fawteen    Posted 12-29-2004 at 12:26:48       [Reply]  [No Email]

Hey, Kelley. Fernando's good, he's enjoying the holidays!

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