I don't like being told I can't do something... so since she was so insistent on setting there I decided what I really wanted was one of those GREEN EGG LAYERS. The only way to get on was to hatch one. Or two.
After the successful hatching of the last 4 eggs, one more hen who thought she should hatch a nest of eggs in the full heat of July... began setting on an empty nest - for a week. I took her out a few times and then tried to lock her out of the coop (but then the other hens who actually lay eggs wouldn't be able to lay them, unless it was out in the yard...which has happened -and they all gathered together and pecked the egg to bits).
So I just let her sit there... then one day I checked under her and there were 2 eggs - she stole them somehow! I took them away from her, because I know from cooking these eggs they are laying that none are fertile.
Roo has been quite 'randy' this season, as you can see:
So I determined to get her hatchable eggs.
The green eggs I wanted so badly.
But every source of green eggs I knew of was a no-go!
The neighbor who offered, his one green egg layer was killed. The other neighbor, her chickens are hardly laying (they are free-ranging and only getting scraps these days).
So I went to the 'natural' store and bought a dozen 'organic free-range' eggs because almost each dozen had a nice blue/green egg in it... the rest were browns and white.
I went an extra step and took a light blue egg out of another carton so my carton would have TWO colored eggs in it. A lady who worked there asked me "did you get a broken egg?" I
said "no, I just wanted two green eggs in my carton!"
She didn't care- an egg is an egg, right?
I took them home hoping to find the egg-cartons' farm pictures online, hopefully showing the flock out to pasture w/ a rooster... but no such luck. Oh, I found the farm alright. But no pictures.
However, they did sell FERTILE green eggs - at $15 a dozen.
A fair price, but I don't need a dozen (and my husband would kill me, right?)
So I was happy to get a carton for $5., and as I used the brown ones for breakfast, I checked each pan full, lol. Yep there were 2 fertile ones out of four... just enough evidence that I could justify the risk for a week.
So I put those 2 green eggs under the hen and turned them over 2x a day (since Friday the 13th). And they had been refrigerated for 5 days before that (the date 7/9 was on the carton).
Wed. (the 18th), I candled them and they are both developing!
I lucked out and got 2 fertile green eggs.
2 green-egg chicks coming (fingers crossed) on August 3rd! Please double-cross your fingers that they hatch out to be hens. I have enough roosters!
Another hen is acting broody- but she's marked (with white paint) as an egg-eater, so I shoo'ed her out. The flock is now devouring an egg a day- which makes a huge difference if you are only getting 1 to 2 eggs a day when they do.
But I've tried everything they suggest for it. The only thing that works is getting to the eggs before they do!
These people have resources I don't.
They have also had time.
He wanted the same corn they grow in Olathe which is famous for being sweet. It sells for $6. an ear! He did it anyway!
He had the help of a kid from the college and someone else - and it cost him more than he'd counted on... and then in July (last year), his corn was about 2' high and the other corn he was seeing around the state was 6' high - so he thought he'd failed and he'd wasted all that time, money, effort, since his crop was a dud.
But the county's state university extension office guy came out and said "your corn is right on schedule! It's not feed/cheap corn- it's the sweet corn and that is how it is SUPPOSED to look in July. He did good!
Well he began raising goats on it and after some years it was good dirt. He now has a peach orchard too. (His property was bordered by a river that had tall cliff walls on the other side- very good water/protected/private. He sustains himself on that, though he isn't 'rich' - his life is good!
Our country, our everyday lives FEEL normal right now (although they may be hard financially). This feels normal- but I believe it is simply a "lull" before the next round of hard times.
I've been keeping an eye on the financial stats of Calpers (the union backing the pensions of county workers in Cali- of which my brother is one).
3 cities in Cali have gone Bankrupt in the past 2 months and 2 more are on the brink- including Compton (L.A.) where the Rodney King riots took place.
I don't recognize our country sometimes. I don't like knowing what I know about the direction it's going. Sometimes I recall what Dorothy said in the 'Wizard of Oz':
"I don't think we're in Kansas anymore."
Check out the inspiring article at Mother Earth News on the layout of a self sufficient ONE-ACRE farm. What a dream. Here's the layout-
(Keep in mind that 1 in every 10 trees is dead and there is prickly pear cactus spread over about 1/3 of it - there is no irrigation and the water is highly sulphur.) And it isn't even fenced.
Yeah..... we're a long way from anything that looks like a homestead, much less a farm. Sometimes I really wonder why we stay. I guess the truth is that we are stuck here.
And it’s just not looking like we’ll have a glut of extra money any time soon either.
Life is about many things, but chance always favors the prepared, period.