Thursday, December 27, 2007
After what seemed like the longest molt ever our hens are laying again - with gusto! Even though we only have 16 hens we got 18 eggs two days ago and 20 eggs yesterday. Pretty amazing, especially considering that we don't even have a laying variety. Our Dominique hens are considered "dual purpose" chickens - laying and meat - though we don't raise them for meat. Egg laying varieties of hens usually produce about one egg per day. Occasionally they will produce one egg every 20 to 22 hours, which means that occassionally there will be two eggs in one "day." Dual purpose hens usually produce about 5 to 7 eggs per week, so getting such big yields from our Dominiques is exciting!
On a very sad note, our very-old-dog died today. He was 13+ years old - very old for such a large dog. It has been a difficult few months for him, escalating this past week. We will miss him terribly.
Monday, December 17, 2007
I've been busy this fall, but have found bits and pieces of time to work on my knitting. I've knitted Samara a blue sweater and tam, inspired by Elizabeth Zimmermann's seamless yoke sweaters utilizing EPS.
For Thomas, I've knitted a hat featuring anchors in purl stitches (his current passion is sailing and sail boats) and a pair of mittens featuring cables which, following EZ spirit, I knitted up and later added "afterthought" thumbs. What fun, and he loves them!
Welcome to our blog - we'll post information and pictures about our activities here at Haldan Farm. Haldan Farm is the home to two adults, two children, one very-old-dog, one cat, two tiny fish, six Shetland sheep, 16 Dominque hens and one Dominique rooster. I hope you enjoy exploring our blog!