I need a bigger hat!

Egg production is on the up, yesterday was our first 10 egg day!

We have had 12 before now but that included Lillie’s secret stash of 4 in the goats hay rack. Lillie is the Lilliput hen than Kazek gave us a month or so ago.

Mays total was 181 and believe it or not we consumed them all along with an extra 20 that the mother-in-law shipped in with two brother in-laws who visited for a week to help out with work on the upstairs.

Despite the loss of one of the older hens the first batch of pullets are coming into lay and I expect that we will top 300 eggs this month.

And to make sure we have a steady supply through the winter we purchased 10 more pullets, about 10 weeks old, which should start laying in September and brings our flock up to a total of 30. ‘Enough’ I say as Gosia sets about making yet another cake! Although I do like cake.

With young pullets only costing a couple of quid each it’s a no brainer, 20 eggs each and they pay for themselves, based on the cost of inferior the low cost supermarket eggs. Our running tally of 360 eggs so far covers the cost of the first 18 that we purchased back in March. It will be interesting to see how quickly they pay for all the other sundry equipment that goes into their care.

Omelette anyone?


Author: Eddy Winko

Left the rat race to live a less hectic and harmful life. From the building of a straw bale house to the composting toilet diaries; read my blog https://winkos.wordpress.com/

8 thoughts on “I need a bigger hat!”

    1. Thinking of new ways to use them all the time, started making our own mayonnaise now and just ordered some vanilla pods so I can try and master custard 🙂

      1. Mmm, mmm! Wonderful and creative ideas Eddy. I never thought about making custard but someone mentioned this week rhubarb custard pie and I want to give it a go. Didn’t realize it was a big user of eggs, which is great to learn as we too have an abundance of them. Have fun in the kitchen! 🙂

  1. Our 2 girls are laying every day, we have yet to have them moult as they are still under 1. One lightish egg and one deep brown, both of them are an absolute delight to have in the garden. My girlfriend loves them more than most things in the world !

    1. It’s funny how attached you get to them 🙂 Although it has to be said that Gosia seems to be more attached to the hens and goats, where as my effection is with the pigs. A little short sighted on my part I think!

  2. Looks like economic sense to me Eddy. And there is the added value of having the chickens, looking after real creatures, and bringing up the Winkette to see where eggs come from in the first place. I am sure that there are many youngsters over here who have no idea, and think everything comes from supermarket shelves.
    Enjoy those omelettes mate!

    1. Cheers Pete! You are so right, it’s rare that Malina doesn’t want to join me on the trip to the barn at feeding times; she wanders rounds, catching chickens, scaring goats, chasing pigs and her face lights up when she finds an egg 🙂 Great fun, even if it often means a change of clothes afterwards.

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