Nine laying hens, eight eggs today. I think they were relieved that it only hit ninety-three today and not one hundred and three. All told, we now have twenty-three chickens. Two roosters. Nine that lay, now. The rest are too young. We sell our eggs for three dollars a dozen. That is what I always paid my friend- until she convince me to start keeping my own chickens.
Some people complain about three dollars a dozen saying "I can get them for a dollar a dozen at WalMart!" I tell them to go to WalMart- that these are farm fresh eggs and worth every bit of three dollars a dozen.
When it is terribly hot, such as over one hundred degrees, we've only been getting four to six eggs from the nine hens. All twenty-three drink close to two gallons of water a day. In the summer our cats are outdoors almost exclusively and we've been careful to leave water out front and out back. Our Corgi is indoors and she gets fresh water daily. All of our stock gets fresh water daily and we make certain their bowls are clean.
I've got one naked lady out front and it isn't me. Normally, I have a row of them and this year there is one and I'm surprised we got that one.
It has just been too hot. Too hot to lay eggs. Too hot for the flowers. I've been watering to keep Hostas alive. Normally, Hostas thrive, no matter what.
Too hot and no rain. Someone I know told me last weekend that they are leaving water out for the deer. Creeks beds that never dry up are dry.
I've heard a rumor that this is going to continue until October.
Sometimes people will lose chickens just due to the heat. We lost one last summer. We have a lot of young ones, and there is our old flock, too. So far, so good.
If you have animals, wild or domestic, please give them fresh water. It is just too hot.
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