It's chicken time again. Although it seems a little early I have a Orpinton/Astralorp hen who thinks she wants babies, in poultry circles they call this behavior "Broody".
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
The chicken project is part of Janus Youth Programs' latest foray into creating healthy, sustainable food and accessible food sources in the housing complex. The Portland nonprofit's Village Gardens urban agriculture program, which has several community gardens in North Portland, works to improve economic opportunities and build unity among low-income residents. The nonprofit's garden project allows 30 residents living 200 percent below federal poverty level the opportunity to grow their own food by providing seeds.
Residents take turns on chicken watch to feed them, give water and to clean any eggs that are produced. In return for their service, each neighbor has access to six eggs per shift.
(Thank you Oregonlive and NY Times)
Thursday, July 21, 2011
How far should my nest be off the floor?
Did you know you can test an egg and get an approximation of its age? All you need are the eggs and a bowl of cold water.
Gently drop the egg into the bowl of water. If it:
- sinks to the bottom and stays there, it is about three to six days old.
- Sinks, but floats at an angle, it's more than a week old.
- Sinks, but then stands on end, it's about two weeks old.
- Floats, it's too old and should be discarded.