Hazelville Hens

Fresh "Organic" Eggs

Spring 2015

Posted by Momma Hen on Mar-29-2015

Spring is here & the girls are hard at work!

We’re getting about 1 dozen eggs daily. Check out our eggs & coop!

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Our present flock consists of 17 hens and a beautiful rooster, named ‘Chief’. Our hens are all Americanas, which lay pale blue & green eggs and sometimes a light brown one.  Chief our rooster, is a Black Copper Maran- very colorful. As far as rooster’s go, he’s well behaved. Though we are not certified organic because of the paperwork and expense for that official certification, we feed them nothing but organic feed and table scraps of which the majority is organic.

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Cheers!!

Hazel

 

RV Garage to Barn Transformation

Posted by Farmer John on Aug-26-2014

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We started by pouring a cement floor:
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Then I built a loft:
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The Barn Door:
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The Paint Job:
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The 95% finished product:

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Tiny egg

Posted by Farmer John on Oct-11-2010

Wow! I am so guilty. Have not posted anything for 1 year. Really, I have no excuse. Absolutely none. I can only reason that time speeds by at a lightening pace & I find many other things to do. Regardless of my lame excuses, I can only say that it’s a rainy Sunday & I’ve found time to do some blogging.

We now have 17 hens + 1 very impressive rooster (Hector the 2nd). They are out there eating like royalty and laying very few eggs… We found a new feed from a local NW company. Scratch & Peck. Rather than pellet form feed, this is a mixture of natural grains & seeds. I would eat the stuff. (actually am..indirectly. Which is always the main point.) The winter weather has greatly slowed the egg production out there & it’s hurting the budget. I’ve got my loyal customers begging for eggs. Well, if the girls don’t step it up out there by early Spring, I’m afraid heads may roll.

We’ve decided not to purchase more hens this Spring. We are considering purchasing a couple of turkeys, in preparation of November festivities. Will keep you posted on how that may all work out.

Check out the smallest egg ever!

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Cheers! Momma Hen.

New Rooster

Posted by Farmer John on Oct-11-2010

We’ve got a new rooster! Not sure what type of chicken he is, but he is quite beautiful and the girls seem to have easily accepted him into the flock. Interesting how they wouldn’t have been so friendly if we’d added another hen…

Found Hector at Linnton Feed in the reject cage at the front door.  He was surely headed for the stew pot if we hadn’t come along.

For a rooster, he seems quiet. He crows in the morning, but not obsessively. We’ll see if he becomes noisier as he gets more comfortable with all his hens.

Without a veggie garden during the winter, I haven’t had enough greens for the chickens. Whole Foods has been nice enough to give me a weekly box of produce they can’t sell. Got to keep up the omega-3’s in our eggs!

Very cold

Posted by Farmer John on Oct-11-2010

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January 2011 came in dry & COLD!  The girls’ water has been freezing every night. We’ve been refilling the outside water daily, which seems to work fine during the day without freezing. We put a warming light inside the coop for night time roosting. It’s keeping them happy enough to keep laying, even during the cold weather.

Extra greens for winter…I’ve been picking up discarded vegies & greens from Whole Foods every Saturday. This is the stuff they can no longer sale but are happy to let me have for my chickens. Hens love it!

What we feed our hens

Posted by Farmer John on Oct-11-2010

Scratch and Peck Feeds

“You are what your animals eat…”

www.scratchandpeck.com

We discovered this feed a couple months ago. It’s produced by a local NW company out of Bellingham, Washington. All natural, Soy free, Non-GMO & Washington organic grains.  They started out making this in a borrowed cement mixer in their backyard. Word got out about their ‘wonder feed’ & demand increased beyond the backyard cement mixer.

Most commercial feed is in pellet form, whether organic or not. This stuff looks like what a bird would & should be eating. Seeds & grains. It’s high in omega-3 fatty acids, protein & essential vitamins. It also contains Camelina- which is rich in vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant. Also contains wheat, barley, field peas, fish meal & kelp meals.

Good stuff for the hens and the humans!

PrettyGirl goes rogue…..

Posted by Momma Hen on Sep-24-2010

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We couldn’t figure out why we were getting so few eggs with 14 hens. September is usually a very good month for egg production. Well today, Zack found Prettygirl on the other side of the fence in the wooded area. After some investigation, he discovered her secret nest/egg stash. 16 eggs!  (dog omelet tonight)  She had created a cozy nest at the base of one of our redwood trees within all the ivy. From the quantity of eggs found, she’s been at it for at more than 2 weeks. Bad girl!   Apparently she has not been comfortable enough with the coop nesting boxes and decided to create a spot away from the other hens. Ok, back to trying to decipher hen logic. We’ll work on trying to figure this one out. Hopefully no one else caught on to this.

cheers,

momma hen

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