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.
conway washington is in the heart of the fertile skagit valley (known for tulips, berries and scandinavian farmers). a few years back i asked the lady at the conway feed mill for prices of chicken layer pellets, organic vs regular. she paused, raised one eye brow and said "$10.60 pellets, $19.50 organic pellets." another pause while i pondered this price difference and she pondered 'how much of a idiot is this guy?' she seemed pleased/relieved when i asked for 20 bags of regular. she then explained...