Originally Posted by ozexpat
you better build more coops
Isn't that what we all need? Well I do anyway.
My daughter is in AG-class, which here has requirement of FFA membership. For her final project for the year they pop a "Wood working project bring cash or lumber tomorrow." well we worked out that she is building an Ohio Brooder, in style anyway. But couldn't find actual plans for it on the net. So the teacher decided I could draw 1 up. THEN he says "I don't understand these. I even drew to scale on graph paper. She called from school and I told her tell him its an upside down box w/o a lid. THEN he understands. Anyway flash forward 3 hours I picked her up from an after school meeting and the 2nd AG teach wants to know if I sell laying hens.
Sent back a "Later this summer/fall." response because I am still behind on egg orders. Which consist of 3-5 dz a week x2 (Or +3 if I have extras on hand) and EVERYTHING else x1.
So I will be keeping my BSL pen for awhile, and maybe adding more of my BPR hens to them. And so even before my 1st real hatch I've possibly have future birds sold. And 1 of my egg customers who is a town dweller wants 2 pullets for his grandkids to raise.
Its a good thing my 1 pure works well in the SL pen. I am thinking adding back a few more hens but will have to wait for 100% SL because the girls FR now are with BSL males, and I am not sure what they would throw. Trying t make sure everyone gets what they want could start to get me frizzled.
With weather lately its hit and miss on eggs, at least on penned birds. 3-4 from each pen, 6-8 from BSL. Then 1-2 per breeding pen that is. And hey are starting a molt to add to the frustration.
Replacement roosters are doing good in a larger brooder. And as soon as they got in there it was spar time. Even though they are only 3 weeks old. Wish I could FF about 4 months, but then I would need MORE coops/breeding pens done. I should have time soon to get the brooding room done, with new Ohio brooder, thanks to my daughter that is always helping with the animals.
Hoping for some decent hatch rates and might sell some or all of my current BYM hens (When babies are POL) and only save my pure and hatched BSL birds. But for now they are 50% of my layers. And since that's what is paying for feed etc. they gotta stay, for now.
As a side thought I might try a feather sexing project if/when I get some more WLH grown. Try to diversify my options. So I can sell not just Black/barred birds sex-linked. I have BO and RIR to throw in there with WLH. Will do a little more old school research on it. But still gonna save RIR and WLH eggs until next Friday since I will end up with only about a dz each week unless something happens. Like I said its hit and miss with those girls.
All in all I have a load of things to do, but am working thru it because its what I want to do. Just wish the 2 and 3 y/o would leave my breeding pens locked and stop looking for eggs when the regular coop is empty .
And as for the yak Oz my pasture has 2 dairy mamas and 3 Beef x dairy "calves" in it. Along with the horse that has a small paddock. I need more acres like I need more coops . At least I am ahead of last week, when I was looking for more birds.