Saturday, June 26, 2010

We had a good time at Silver Dollar City

Our vacation is nearly over now but wow, what a great time we had! We spent 3 days and nights in Branson Missouri and one of those days was at Silver Dollar City theme park. We rode a lot of the rides, and went on the Marvel Cave tour that evening to cool off. We rode Wildfire, which is a rollercoaster that makes 3 loops, and we loved it! I have ridden it before but it was the first time for my wife.

Yesterday we mixed and poured a concrete pad for our future water storage tank to sit on. We got overheated and that plus the hard work nearly did us in. Today we are just laying around in the air conditioning, trying to recover. Next week it is back to work, but at least it is supposed to be cooler. I think I need to get back to work so I can get some rest!

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Back in business

Finally, after much work and devising, we are back in the egg business. I have built many nests of varying descriptions but the chickens won't have anything to do with any of them. Instead they creep around behind the nests in a small dark place and lay their eggs in the floor. We put some straw there and its fine with us if they want to lay there. We are just glad that finally after all of our hard work, we have eggs to eat and sell. We have learned a lesson. Hens want dark small places to lay their eggs. We tried keeping the chicken house dim but that wasn't enough. The nest itself needs to be pretty dark, not just dim.

We have been averaging more and more eggs per day and yesterday we got 17. Now we have to figure out what to do when we go on vacation. We will be gone for 3 or 4 days and the eggs won't get collected for all that time. We are also trying to figure a way to give the chickens enough feed to last for that time. As for water we will just fill up many containers including 5 gallon buckets that they can drink out of. I am afraid that leaving the eggs for that long will get the hens started eating them again, but we have little choice. Anyway, its going well now and we are keeping our fingers crossed that it will last.