Sunday, July 15, 2012

Pictures and Questions

Finally took some pictures out in the yard, some may invite discussion...

First, this is supposed to be a cucumber. That's what the seed packet said anyway. I don't think it's a cucumber though...

Next is the egg spiral. Many of our hens' eggs look like this now. It used to happen very rarely, now it's about 90% of the time. Everything we've read says it's no big deal. I like the spiral pattern (though the picture doesn't show the spiral too well):

But the rest of the garden is proceeding slowly/surely:



Oh, and the potted corn is doing its best to make something happen:


  1. Giving feed with ground calcium mixed in instead of offering oyster shell or recycled egg shells separately can cause those calcium spirals. They aren't a big deal bit switching feed will help if they bother you.

  2. Hmmm. Our feed doesn't have added ground up calcium that I know of -- we offer oyster shell...

    BUT, I'll go have a look and see if maybe I'm missing something. Thanks for the tip!

    The spirals don't bother me, but if they're getting enough calcium from the shell, we should make sure the feed isn't adding more.

  3. I'm back online and trying to get caught up. :)

    I've gotten spirals too on my eggs or sometimes lumps of extra shell on the ends. I always thought they were kinda neat. I feed dried and crushed eggshells separately, so I reckon the theory Julia mentions is just that, a theory. Seems more frequent with older hens. Everything else is looking good.