eggs Category

  • Hen House

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    On May 2, 2013 • By

    I’m working on slowly increasing the amount of hens that I have, with the idea of producing more eggs. As part of that, I have been looking to get a bigger hen house, to make it easier to manage things.

    In March, I applied for a CCAGS grant to pay for 60% of a new hen house (I’m eligible for 60% as I’m under 40), and today I received my contract of offer for the grant! I wasn’t totally confident of getting it, as no-one seemed to know if it had been done before, but, as far as I could make out, there was no reason to turn it down.

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    This is the Hen House I have applied for, meaning I will pay around 540 of the £1300 costs (including delivery).

    The contract has been signed will be in the ‘department’ office tomorrow. Hopefully I’ll get the letter allowing me to order the hen house next week, and then it’s 5/6 weeks for delivery.

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  • A hectic day

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    On April 12, 2013 • By

    Man, I am exhausted.

    What a morning so far. I was away at a friend’s wedding in Inverness and got the 7.30am flight home. I am ‘tired’ today…

    Greeting me at home was the first of the chicks that I put in the incubator three weeks ago. When I got home, a second had just hatched. Things look good and a couple more are showing potential of hatching.

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    I expected more to hatch, as I candled them a week ago and 12-15 showed signs of development.

    In the meantime, I have taken the 2 hatched chicks out, as they have been scrambling all over the other eggs. They are out in my mothers kitchen for the time being, as I am busy with lambs.

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    First thing I did, when I got home, was check the sheep. A few have lambed while I was away but there was a set of newborn twins waiting for me too.

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    There was something not quite right, though. Their mother had broken out with the spùt in my absence, and was a little under the weather because of it. She had cleaned the lambs, but not very well, and they were in need of a feed.

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    The sheep has been given a fluke & worn drench and the lambs have been given a feed, so hopefully that is that!

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  • It’s all go!

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    On April 11, 2013 • By

    I’m away at a wedding in Inverness today but my brother Innes is at home keeping an eye on everything – and he has his hands full!

    A single born early this morning

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    And now the eggs in the incubator are starting to hatch! Very exciting!

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  • Plans

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    On April 3, 2013 • By

    I’ve spent a good few weeks thinking about how to make the croft more profitable. It gives me so much more pleasure than anything else I do, but the monetary returns are no-where near representative of the work put in.

    So, plans are afoot to add value to some of the produce on the croft.

    First of all, my true crofting love: sheep. Yes, it has been an awful, awful, winter when it comes to sheep but that won’t change anything. This autumn, I will be selling lamb meat-boxes for the first time. Seems crazy that I haven’t done it before. I can get a bit more for my lamb and the customer can get quality meat at a cheaper price than they would from a butcher or supermarket.

    Secondly, some of you may have noticed that I’ve been increasing my chicken numbers recently. I have been selling eggs to some people at work but I cannot keep up with demand, so I am looking to up numbers to approximately 50 hens, hoping to have 30-40 eggs a day. That should provide a wee bit more income for a lot longer each year. Currently the only income is from the lambs sold in autumn, and the few eggs I sell just now.

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  • The day in pictures

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    On April 2, 2013 • By

    It’s 11.30pm as I write this. I’m in bed and I’m exhausted but it’s been another great day.

    I did my first rounds of the sheep some time after 6. I don’t set an alarm or go at a particular time, I just wake up around that time and go outside asap.

    I nearly always go back to bed and did so today, sleeping until nearly 9am. The morning was quite easy, as I was still stiff from football training last night. Quite often, a boy from the next village comes to help me on the croft and today was his first visit of the year. Here is Uisdean holding the lamb that was born on Saturday (no lambs since)

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    We did the usual stuff while Uisdean was about: fed the sheep, tidied up etc.

    When I was cleaning out the shed, I came across the big cat, sound asleep, chilling in t

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    The day wasn’t all good, though. Dolaidh Beag, who uses a croft near mine, came to me to say he’d found a dead sheep that wasn’t his. I went up to have a look and it wasn’t nice. The poor thing had jumped a fence, for its rear legs stuck and its neck rested on the top wire, choking the poor animal. It was still warm when I reached it, probably dead no more than 10 mins. I’ve been in touch with the owner to let him know and covered the carcass, to stop birds getting to it.

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    I got this quick snap of one of the pullets jumping up onto Murdo’s car. Chickens really make me laugh – great animals to just sit and watch.

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    Finally tonight, I put 24 eggs into the incubator 10 days ago. I candled them tonight and looks as if 12-15 will be ok. Delighted with that, if it carries on. They’re due to hatch on Thursday 11th April – when I’m at a friend’s wedding! Fortunately Innes is home and will be on duty.

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  • Do Not Disturb

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    On April 1, 2013 • By

    Every day, a few hens lay their eggs in the shed. I approached them today and they did not like it!

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  • Incubator

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    On March 20, 2013 • By

    I’m trying something today that I’ve never tried before; incubating eggs. I’ll explain why in another post shortly but just now it’s incubation.

    I bought a second hand incubator about a month ago, and now I’ve bought some eggs to hatch in it. I’ve been following @chickenstreet on twitter and his blog, picking up some tips and I got in touch with Andy 10 days ago about purchasing some eggs for hatching.

    They were sent next-day delivery on Monday, but island life means it’s 4pm Wednesday before they arrive! Hopefully this won’t have any adverse effect on the eggs.

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    I’ve set the incubator up in my spare bedroom and set it running a wee while ago. Hopefully it’ll be simple enough to use (I’ve done some reading on the subject) and I’ll have some chicks in 3 weeks.

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    The eggs have been in transit for 2 days, so they are in the spare room, with the point down, for the next day, to allow the air sack to settle. I also checked with my neighbour, Genma, who has an incubator and has hatched chicks before. I hope I’m doing things right, but we’ll find out in the next 21 days!

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