The New Hens are Laying Eggs

Eggs, Glorious Eggs

Today, as I was refilling the chicken’s feed, I noticed six brown eggs in their laying box. I really didn’t expect to see eggs from these new hens for another two or three weeks. This is good news for us and anyone locally who is looking for farm fresh eggs from pasture raised chickens.

These eggs are a bit on the small size, but I expect the girls will be laying large brown eggs by the middle of next month.

Notice the difference in the size of these two eggs. The smaller one, I gathered today from the new girls and it weighs 1.5 ounces. The larger one is from my older flock and it weighed in at 2.4 ounces. But as you can see, they both look amazing inside and out ūüôā

Breaking News

In case you are one of those people who things they shouldn’t eat eggs….well, here’s an interesting article for you to read. Published today in the UK Daily Mail¬†eggs-won-t-kill.¬†Take a minute to read that article when you have a few minutes. The jist of it is that the U.S. government has finally admitted that eating foods with lots of cholesterol – like eggs – does not have an adverse affect on the health of the people who eat them. In other words, dietary cholesterol has does affect levels of cholesterol in the blood.

So, now that you know that…order up a dozen or two enjoy one of nature’s most perfect sources of complete protein. If you live locally and want to start getting eggs from the Ten Mile Farm, we should be ready to start delivering middle of next month. Use the contact us form to shoot me an email before we sell out.

Here are some links to other posts about our laying hens

Farm Fresh Eggs 

Farm Fresh Eggs   There are a lot of benefits of keeping a backyard flock of laying hens, and I think my favorite is the farm fresh eggs they deliver every day. These eggs are nutritious and wholesome. Compared to a store bought egg, well, they are 100% better.

Pastured Laying Hens 

We have two breeds of pastured laying hens The older pastured laying hens are Barred Rock. They have been a wonderful breed for laying medium sized brown eggs. We’ve had these girls for several years and they are starting to slow down in their egg production. Like the sheep, our hens …

Red Sex Link Hens 

Red Sex Link Hens I just wanted to post an update on our pastured Red Sex Link laying hens. Last week I moved them from the brooder to the chicken coop I built. ¬†I kept them in that coop for a week just to make sure they knew where their home …

How to Build a Chicken Coop

How to build a Chicken Coop for less than $180 I got the plans for this coop from Amazon.com¬†they cost less than $5 and were worth every penny. If you want to build a chicken coop, animal shelter, greenhouse, or storage shed, I highly recommend these plans. The plans I purchase were for …

How to Make a 5 Gallon Poultry Waterer

How to Make a 5 Gallon Poultry Waterer ¬† I thought I would provide some more details on how to make a 5 gallon poultry waterer like the one I showed in my Tips for Raising Chickens post. To make the 5 gallon poultry waterer you will need: 5 Gallon food grade bucket with …

Laying Hens

If you have a comment or question about laying hens, this is the category to post it in. What to raise chickens? Want to buy some eggs? Want to know about the nutrition of a free range hen versus a factory egg? Post your comments and questions in this category …

 

5 to 10 Times the Food

Five to Ten Times the Food

Is it really possible to grow five to ten times from the same space? Well, that is exactly what we’re doing this year at the Ten Mile Farm. Compared to last year’s garden, this year’s is going to produce much more food.

We harvested plenty of food from the garden last year but after converting to the Mittleider Gardening Method I have been able to plant three times as many transplants as we started with last year. The garden is in the same exact location and takes up exactly the same amount of space, yet it will yield many times the produce.

Three of the reasons our garden will be so much more productive this year are spacing, watering, and feeding.

Spacing

Mittleider Garden Preparation
42 inches between rows

With the Mittleider Gardening Method, allows us to use narrower spacing between plants while giving us more room to work in the garden. We train  our plants to grow vertically for maximum  light and t o conserve water, nutrients and  space.

Watering

5 to 10x the food
Precision Watering is Key

The watering system is more efficient than the soaker hose we used last year and effectively waters the garden in just a few minutes each day. Because we only Irrigate only the root zones, we conserve water and minimize the growth of weeds. With our level beds, water and nutrients are distributed easily   and evenly.

Feeding

Finally, we have a custom fertilizer that we will feed our plants. Many nutrients found in the soil are unavailable to the plant.
Although soil conditioning is good, accurate placement of properly balanced mineral fertilizers is more efficient.

fertilizerMost commercial fertilizers need fall short in this area. In fact, most contain only three of the sixteen nutrients plants need. In order to balance them, we need to add secondary and micro-nutrients.

 

 

There are sixteen nutrients that plants need to survive and thrive in any environment. I’ve written a report with a complete list of the sixteen nutrients and you can download that here.

Click Here to download the special report

Here are some other posts about our Mittleider Garden

Mittleider Garden Preparation 

Mittleider Garden Preparation Day¬†Week ¬† It is a beautiful day and the weather is perfect for setting up the raised beds in preparation for planting next week. Today I will be laying out the garden and building the grown boxes. Tomorrow I will add the growing medium – ¬†a combination of sand …

Mittleider Gardening 

Mittleider Gardening The Mittleider Gardening method is quite simply the most productive way to grow fruits and vegetables that I know of. I’ve tried dozens of other methods and none of them have produced the yields of healthy fruits and vegetables that the Mittleider method produces. Follow along as I setup a …

Mittleider Gardening Update

Mittleider Gardening at the Ten Mile Farm

 

A quick update of our Mittleider Gardening experience.

Yesterday I installed and tested the water system. I will admit that it was more work than I thought it would be to make, but now that it is done it should last many years. It is basically 90 feet of PVC with three holes drilled every 4 inches. That’s 810 holes. I had to change the battery on the drill about every 220 holes and I broke 4 drill bits, but other than that it was a piece of cake.

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Drilling Holes

Today I transplanted Tomato, Bell Pepper, Yellow Squash, Cucumber, and Zucchini plants. I also planted the seeds for the pole beans. I did all of this during a nice rain shower this morning, so everything was watered in by nature.

I really should have done all of this two weeks ago, but time has a way of getting away from me sometimes.  Next year I will be ready to plant on time since all of the infrastructure is built. It will be fun to document the growth and harvesting of these plants in the coming weeks.

Here are some related Posts about Mittleider Gardening

Mittleider Garden Preparation 

Mittleider Garden Preparation Day¬†Week ¬† It is a beautiful day and the weather is perfect for setting up the raised beds in preparation for planting next week. Today I will be laying out the garden and building the grown boxes. Tomorrow I will add the growing medium – ¬†a combination of sand …

Mittleider Gardening 

Mittleider Gardening The Mittleider Gardening method is quite simply the most productive way to grow fruits and vegetables that I know of. I’ve tried dozens of other methods and none of them have produced the yields of healthy fruits and vegetables that the Mittleider method produces. Follow along as I setup a …

Mittleider Gardening Method 

Mittleider Gardening Method If you have questions or comments about the Mittleider Gardening Method, this is the category to post them. ¬†Mittleider gardening is, in my opinion, the most efficient way to grow fruits and vegetables. Regardless of your climate, soil condition or season, you can grow fruits and vegetables to …

If you want to create your own Mittleider Garden I suggest you purchase the book. You can get it here