Chicks and Chickens

Hi Ladies,
I have 50 more laying chickens ($8.00 each) that will also be delivered on the 28th in the afternoon. If you are interested, e-mail me back to reserve the numbers that you are interested. If your name is on the list below, I have already reserved some for you and you have committed to buy them.

I also have 50 chicks coming on the 26th. They are America’s/Aruacanas and they will lay blue and green eggs. More info is below if you are interested. They are beautiful little chickies! (We had our chicks for 3 months before moving them into a coop. We kept them in a box in the garage under a lamp until they were old enough to go outside at the end of May. So if you want chicks, but don’t have a coop yet, know that it is still do-able.)

Info on the Chicks: $4.50 each.

The “Easter Egg Chicken”, This unusual breed gets its name from the Indian tribe of Chile where they were first discovered. Araucanas lay beautiful colored eggs of blue-green shades from turquoise to deep olive.

These natural Easter Eggs will amaze your friends and make a great “show and tell” project for school. 

Adults are of medium size with pea combs and our breeding stock is selected for their ability to produce colored eggs. They exhibit a wonderful combination of colors and color patterns and 10 or 20 of these birds make an absolutely beautiful laying flock that is extremely hardy and will be the talk of the town. Baby chicks come in all colors, plain and fancy, just like the adults. This is a unique breed and great fun to have when the colored eggs start coming. Our Araucanas/American’s are recommended for egg laying color and ability. 

Jodie Wessendorf  15
Alison Robinson 20
Iilena Todd 8
Grace Sorensen 3
Stephanie Ozounian 12
Allison Carter 2 (Alison e-mail me if this is OK.)

I have 40 more available laying hens, and 50 chicks for whoever is interested.

Thank you, 
April 🙂

Questions about Chickens

The following statements are my opinions that I have made according to my studies and experiences. I am not a doctor or an “authority” on the subject. I invite you to do your own studying and then you can decide if chickens are for you and your family. 

 

Question:

April, I am seriously interested in the chickens. I was wondering if you could give me a little heads up to what I am getting myself into. I am wondering what you have. How many chickens would I need at a minimum for them to be happy. Also, How large of a structure would I have to build? I was thinking two or three chickens. What to do you think?

Amy

Answer:

Chickens are very easy, just feed them and keep them watered. If you google chickens you can find out the particulars, but we have 10 and a coop that was 4×4. The chicken yard is 16 square feet. We have 3 nesting boxes, and that suits them just fine. If we wanted only 2 chickens, that would be plenty of room. My neighbor has 1 chicken, and she lays eggs just fine.

I just looked up in our notes and found the following:

Laying hens need 1.5 sq. feet side and 8 sq. feet outside.

Large hens need 2 sq feet inside, and 10 sq. feet outside.

Nests- 3 laying hens per nest. There are patterns or designs also on the net if you are interested in building a coop. My husband can build coops if you are interested. He charges for time and materials. (He used to be a builder, so he has quite a lot of experience.)

When we bought our chickens, 3 died right away, and 1 has died since. Apparently this is a common occurrence with chickens. So, I would buy a few extras.

Hope that helps, April 🙂

 

Question: What are your thoughts on the chickens and the bird flu? Would this increase your risk of getting the bird flu?

Stacy

 

Answer: As far as I understand, transient birds transmit the bird flu. It doesn’t come from birds that don’t already have it. The key is to keep foreign birds out of your pens, and this can be done with proper fencing and other precautions. I personally don’t live with my birds, as do the people in China that have gotten bird flu from their own chickens. I also don’t go to open chicken markets where there are many diseases.

 

Bottom line, could you get it from your own chickens, yes, but I am not going to worry about them, or me at this time. It could be years before it hits Utah, and at that point, I can move them in the garage, or slaughter them, and start hatching their eggs for a new batch of chickens.

Question:

April, Wondering about cost to build chicken coop for around 8 chickens. Thank you again, Wendi 

Answer:

Hi Wendi,
The cost depends on how big and elaborate or how simple you do it. You can spend from $100 to $1500 pretty easy. Wood is getting to be expensive, but if your husband can build it for you, then you can get by on the lower end. I have seen chickens in old dog houses with a nesting box inside, as well as cute elaborate buildings. At Thanksgiving Point, they have a 3 sided lean-to, with a roosting stick. You can spend as much or as little as you want.

 

Hope that that helps, and thanks for asking.

April 🙂

Questions about Raw Organic Honey

The following statements are my opinions that I have made according to my studies and experiences. I am not a doctor or an “authority” on the subject. I invite you to do your own studying and then you can decide how Raw Organic Honey can best help you and your family. 

 

Question:

 April,  The price of this honey seems really HIGH! Why would I  want this kind over Costco’s 6.8 lb for $10?

Lisa

Answer:

 The honey at Costco is pasteurized and thinned out. It is good though, that is what I use daily, but long term, it is not the answer. Organic honey is something that you will never have to rotate. Because it is organic, it has a lot of medicinal properties- like it can bring someone out of shock, stop a sore throat etc. If you can afford even one bucket, it will be worth it. It is also really good for digestive disorders that tax the system. It will replace missing enzymes that help you digest all foods better. Just a few reasons, but there are MANY more. This honey is raw and will eventually crystalize but raw honey stores forever! Pasteurized honey will go bad!

April 🙂

This weeks group/bulk buy’s = bargains! 2/16/09

Hi Sisters,

Let me first tell you what it means to bulk buy. When we buy in large quantities (which could only mean 10 or more), we get a huge price break. When there are more than 20, we get an even larger break. That is what it means to group buy, or bulk buy- huge savings for all of us! 🙂

Bulk order going on currently:

Wheat grinders, Live chickens, Raw organic Honey, Handwashers.

  1. I have one wheat grinder that I paid for, and then was cancelled that I need to sell ASAP. If you missed the chance to get one last week, please place your order with me. The final price was $239.20 including tax. If you haven’t brought me your check, please do.
  2. Live Chickens: If you are interested in raising your own organic eggs, then you may be interested in the Sexlink Laying Hen – a cross between a Rhode Island
Red and a Plymouth Barred Rock. These were born last July and are now laying each day.
 I found a woman who will be bringing down a shipment each weekend for those who want them. They are currently laying Large and Extra Large brown eggs and
each hen averages 290 eggs per year. If we can get an order of over 50
hens, 
they are only $8.00 each. 

She has had these layers laying eggs all winter, without a light and the
eggs
taste great! Let me know if you are interested and I will put you down on the list and let you know where we will pick these up. When you buy the chickens already laying that will save you at least 5 months of feeding them while not producing them. If you are interested, this will save you money in feed, and heat lamps and 5-6 months time.
  3. Raw, organic honey. This is an INDEFINATE FOOD STOAGE ITEM that doesn’t have to be rotated, but can be. It will last forever. Last year was a tough year on bee’s and many colonies of bees were killed. Both of these beekeepers lost a lot of bees, hence; honey as well. They, as well as most other beekeepers will be out of honey come March. (Next month) That is why I thought we’d better get on this one.

This comes from 2 different sources. Raw organic means that there has been nothing added to it- like water, so it is thick like molasses.  Honey that you buy in the store has bee pasteurized and thinned out. It is good though, that is what I use daily, but long term, it is not the answer. (Not a problem, I just keeps mine in my window box to liquefy it in the sunshine.) When you buy honey from your own area, it has certain enzymes in it that will increase your overall health. If you suffer from Allergies or Asthma, insomnia, have skin problems or want over all immune boost, purchase the honey nearest where you live. If you aren’t looking for anything other that yummy honey, go for the cheapest one. Both of them are delicious! This honey is raw and will eventually crystalize but raw honey stores forever! Pasteurized honey will go bad!

At my class next month, I will share with you in a mini-class, more reasons to buy raw honey, and why you want to have it in your food storage. After all, if must have been important, of Jared and his brother wouldn’t have bothered putting them on their barges. Can you imagine what that must have been like? Hopefully they hibernated!

If you can’t make the class, look it up next month at www.aprilshowerspreparedness.com, under Raw Organic Honey.

 

  1. From a beekeeper here in Highland here are the following prices: light and dark yellow from orchards and flowering plants ($3.50 a pound)
  • 1.     1 gal bucket, 12#  $42.00
  • 2.     4 gal bucket, 48#  $168.00

 

  1. From a bee keeper in Delta, alfalfa blossom honey- dark orange in color ($3.00 a lb.)
  •   5 lb. bucket, $15.50 (that is all he has left to choose from)

If we get our order in soon, I think that we can order as much as you would like. If you are interested, please place your order before the 26th of February.

 

5th order of handwashers. (Can you believe it? You would think that we do a lot of laundry or something!) Still $10.00 and ½ price at that. Someone e-mailed me back and told me that she just bought it for $17.00 in her group buy. We are getting a great deal!  www.breathingwasher.com

 

Well sisters, those are great deals for any who are interested. If you aren’t, don’t worry about it, maybe we’ll order that again sometime when it is more convenient for your family. No pressure at all, Sisters.

 

Have a great day.

April 🙂

 

P.S. If you ordered a wheat grinder, they will be in sometime after the 28th.

 

P.P.S.S. I also still need money for some handwahers, as well as need some to be picked up. 🙂

 

Scrambled Eggs

snapshot-2009-02-09-23-21-12We have had chickens since March of 2008. In August, we had 1-2 eggs daily from our 9 hens. Every day, Sieg has entered our house angry that the chickens were not producing, and that they had better produce soon, or they will end up in the freezer or the next pot of stew! I have kindly reminded him that he needs to talk nice to the chickens, or they won’t lay. Month after month I have listened to his daily murmuring.

One day I had this feeling that the chickens wouldn’t lay eggs until he started to pray that they would. I suggested that this would be a great teaching opportunity for the children, as well as a great exercise for himself. This was on a Tuesday, and Sieg thought that this was a silly thing to do. The children and I prayed for the chickens 4 times that day without him. The following day, just like magic, we got 3 eggs- there was visual proof, now Sieg had to start praying with us. Only 7 days later, we started getting 5 eggs a day!

Does the Lord answer our prayers?  He not only hears them, but also answers them if we will humble ourselves and exercise faith in Him. With God, all things are possible- even scrambled eggs.  🙂