Wednesday, January 14, 2009

awards, barn, eggs, BourbonRedTurkey response

I've received three awards lately. If you appreciate my blog or my comments on your blog, thanks much, lots of fun for me. My favorite blogs are listed over on the right column, so consider yourselves awarded, I visit you daily, and really enjoy learning from you and reading about your lives.

I took this photo on the way home from work this afternoon. The sun came out today and melted the snow. I live just over this hill. Not my barn but wish it was.

We got a dozen eggs today. Keep going girls!
from left to right
Bourbon Red, Bourbon Red, Wheaten Marans, Cuckoo Marans, Bantam Brahma

Question from Karen
Hi. Happened along your blog site...not even sure how I got there but glad I did.You mention that you have Bourbon Reds. A site I came across said they are "fair" egg layers? Do they, like chickens, tend to slow down in the egg laying during really cold weather/winter? We live in MI. The person we are hoping to get fertilized eggs from is sorta new at the turkey raising, as we will be...have chickens. He was wondering if they are like chickens and lay year round or slow down during the winter. I noticed that you sell eggs for hatching. Do you sell just the chicken eggs or chicken and turkey? If you sell the turkey eggs how much do you charge?Thank you, Karen
Joanna Response
Hi Karen, nice to hear from you. We now have 4 Bourbon Red hens, but last year we just had two hens. We got lucky and raised two girls this Fall. Our two hens were excellent layers last year, the eggs stopped in Oct/Nov but this week the turkey hens started laying again, and we got two eggs from 'em today. Now I expect they will continually lay until next Fall. My chickens don't lay year round, the girls have been on break since late Fall and now are starting back again. Yes, I can sell hatching eggs, however, I recommend SandhillPreservation . Although I got my orginal trio from a top breeder, my tom Franklin, is not show quality because of his mostly brown tail, not bright white. If you're thinking of breeding, SandhillPreservation would be better than mine. Franklin's two daughter's are real beauties but I'm not sure how you're male would turn out if you hatched my eggs. If you don't care about show quality, then it doesn't matter. Franklin's deep red/chestnut feathering is awesome. Peggy over at HiddenHavenHomestead has a pretty tom, compare his tail to my Franklin's.


The Scavenger said...

Very nice bunch of eggs. My Barred Rock hen is the only hen I have that is laying now. I do get some others now and then but she is pretty regular. Gonna get more like her for sure.


Laughing Orca Ranch said...

I love that barn, too. How lucky you are too live in farm country.

Such a wonderful variety of eggs. So pretty. I bet you just like to hold them and admire :)

Our 15 hens have dropped down to only laying 3-8 eggs a day.
I suppose that's ok, considering I'm laid up, and the kids and hubby don't know how to cook eggs. lol!


Deb said...

Congratulations on your awards!

I had never seen a turkey egg until you posted the photos on your blog. That's so cool! Do you eat them or incubate them?

We are trying to convince ourselves to raise a few turkeys this year. That's new territory for us. I think we've raised everything else! :)

Diane L. Dodd said...

I hope you didn't get the lemonade stand award already....if so too bad....
because I was nominated for it today and was instructed to nominate others- so you just got nominated my friend. See today's blog for details-

Shiloh Prairie Farm said...

I just love big, old barns like that. I know a person online that actually redid one to live in. That was pretty neat.