These are the eggs (minus the two I've mentioned) that I have collected since Monday.
Rain sometimes affects the laying, but not today. I covered part of the run with a vinyl tablecloth to help keep the rain off the girls. The run was still muddy, but at least the rain wasn't falling on their heads.
I've been experimenting with treats. So far, they like seedless grapes, cooked oatmeal (I'll cook it for them, but I hate cooked oatmeal!), all kinds of greens, apple bits, bananas, wild bird seed, hot dog buns, lasagna, cornbread, pinto beans, and lentils. One of the great things about having chickens is that they will eat my leftovers. But I don't feed them meat of any kind. I do feed them eggshells, but I wash and dry them, then pulverize them with one of my food choppers. I don't want them to start eating their eggs.
In addition to layer pellets and treats, they receive grit (for digestion) and oyster shells (for calcium). I make sure they eat most of their pellets before I give treats, but I give treats two or three times a day. It gives them something to do--they chase each other all over the run, trying to steal the treats from another hen!
I pulled up a few carrots, cut some collards and bok choy yesterday and threw it all in a pot for soup. I love being able to walk into the garden and pick up what I need for dinner!
I cut the broccoli because it was beginning to flower. The weather's been a bit too hot for broccoli.
I have tomato, pumpkin, and herb seeds germinating, so I should be able to get a head start on my spring garden. Let's hope Punxatawny Phil was wrong about six more weeks of winter--though we really haven't had one yet!