chickens are funny and frustrating. being ruthless foragers they once again breached one of my many hastily hacked veggie barriers and devoured part of the winter salad green crop. their egg laying cycles are influenced by hours of daylight. they stop laying eggs when the days get shorter, say late september or october. i grant them a month leave and then start a timed light in the coop to simulate summer-like conditions. this gets them laying again and occasionally at the start of a new laying cycles you gets some anomalies... like double yolked eggs or this mini-me.
i raised hogs last year because i lucked out and scored 4 tons of organic granola. a friend's gluten free food company had to dispose of the cereal because it turned out to be contaminated with some chunks of plastic from a broken piece of equipment at the manufacturer. fortunately i had the means by which to unload and store half ton bags of granola...a mini excavator and a barn. i'm back in the hog business!