Sept 17 and still barely under 100 degrees, still another month to go. The flock is looking a little rough around the edges, but all seemed to be healthy… just a little attitudinal. Everybody is laying eggs except Piper, my twice a month micro egg layer. She’s the large gray fluffy lady in the pic, her asset in life is merely her flashy appearance. Piper is a Standard Cochin, this breed is not by any means a prolific egg layer, but they are a docile, friendly bird with personality plus.
We’re all looking for relief from the heat. Managing the mist systems, changing drinker water and picking eggs constantly gets old after a few months. Managing a flock in 115+ degrees is not easy, but I’m happy to say not one bird suffered from heat exhaustion this season. But the real pay back for all our hard work is that our bird’s egg production was not interrupted in June when the temperature reached 118. Why is that important? Because we all know what fills the egg basket… happy hens!
Today two birds are starting their molt and that tells me summer is bugging out and fall is on it’s way!
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