We enjoyed a beautiful sunset on the farm last night. Heavy sigh . . . You just can’t buy this kind of beauty in a store.
I love this time of year when the light is on longer and the chickens start laying eggs with wild abandon. We were getting only three to four eggs a day a week ago. Now we’re almost up to two dozen a day. The Ancona ducks started laying last week as well. We’re getting two to three per day from them. And Delilah started laying last week too. One big, beautiful goose egg. There’s a meal and a snack in one egg!
These cartons are what we sell as half and half’s. Half a dozen duck eggs and half a dozen chicken eggs. Did you know that duck eggs stay fresher longer, due to their thicker shell? That duck eggs are richer, with more albumen, which makes cakes and other pastries fluffier? That duck eggs have more Omega-3 fatty acids? And that people who cannot eat chicken eggs, due to allergies, can often eat duck eggs? The incredible, edible duck egg!
Good news too. My Speckled Sussex chicken who had wry neck is doing considerably better. You’d hardly know she was afflicted. We’re still giving her vitamin supplements once a day and will gradually wean her off of them. However, I’m looking into supplementing all my chickens just to be sure they all stay healthy.
Moo Moo is doing really well too. After a course of antibiotics to clear up a respiratory infection, he’s back to his happy, bouncy self. I couldn’t be more pleased and relieved.
Brian built and set up my bee hive stand yesterday. I’m buzzing with excitement. In just a few short weeks my bees will arrive. I’m as prepared as I can bee (pun intended). I’d like to send a shout out to Stacy at Capital Bee Supplies. She has been supportive, answering all my questions, and patient with my order here and order there. It’s a huge curve learning about bees. From equipment to management to pests and diseases my brain cells are working over time. Hopefully all will go well this summer and I’ll be settling my bees in this fall with everything they need to make it through a cold Wisconsin winter.
I plan on tackling our basement tomorrow and Wednesday. It’s in dire need of organization and cleaning, and I want to get it done before the nice weather settles in and I want to be outside. If you don’t hear from me later this week, send in a search and rescue team.
Until next time . . .