My friend told me a funny story I thought I'd share.
Sadly, a bob cat has been coming into our pasture during the day and stealing our chickens. (This is not the funny part!)
We have gone to great lengths in an attempt to keep the cat out including raising our fence from 6 feet to 9 feet and adding an electric wire. Unfortunately, fort knocks does not keep this Cat Burglar out.
My friends, the one I promised to tell you about, was talking to her kids about my frustrations over the bob cat and her daughter blurted-out: " I feel sorry for the Portuguese".
My friend was shocked and surprised that her daughter would blurt that out, so for clarification she asked: "What did you say?, and her daughter repeated: "I feel sorry for the Portuguese"!
At this point my friend was getting upset and told her daughter not to be dis-respectful to the Portuguese and her daughter replied: " I did not say Portuguese I said Poor Chickies". They spent the rest of the night laughing.
Okay, we are finally done with the covered run over the Polish Pen breeding pen. Three days of hard labor and my precious chickies are safe from the bob cats.
I am calling the new run the chicken church because I felt like an Amish Farmer as we raised the roof one truss at a time.
I'd like to thanks my friend and carpenter Brian for an amazing job, and my good friend Maylynn who is always willing to lend a helping hand when needed. I keep teasing her that I will eventually turn her into a Farmer - she does not believe me... Roof going up over the rare and exotic pen. The Bob Cat has claimed 35 beauties from this pen since June. We tried raising the fence from 6' to 9' and adding a hot wire and the cat just climbed over, so we had to resort to a roof. Unfortuantely, this means the chickens will have limited access to the hillside until the cat realize there's no more chicken ala carte here.
Picture #1 roof going up, Picture #2 Rooster Phil telling us if the Trusses are straight. More pictures to come once it's complete
I'm thrilled to let you know that Just Struttin Farm was recently featured in Karen's Pavone's Farm to Table blog in the Novato Patch. If you are not familiar with the Patch, you should definitely check it out and tell your friends The Patch is an on-line community based paper that keeps you in the know of the local happenings. Here is a direct link to the Just Struttin Article, but please be sure to check out Karen's past blogs and other Patch news. http://novato.patch.com/blog_posts/just-struttin-farm-is-egg-ceptional#photo-8130065
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I'd like to personally thank Tim and Tamera Mock from the Coffee Roasters who have generously offered to host the "honor box" in front of their drive-thru coffee shop. Yes, it is still based on a self-serve "honor box" system where you take the eggs and leave the money in the cash box. Eggs are $5 per dozen unless specially marked. Oh... and while you're there be sure to try their coffee, tea or goodies.
1551 South Novato Blvd
(next to Tommy Salsas and across the street from Chevron)
When: Tuesay, Thursday and Saturdays
Time: 7:30 am until the eggs are gone
Yep, you read that right. We now have "Olive Eggers"
We crossed a Dark Brown egg laying hen, with a blue egg gene roosters and the resulting babies lay - you guest it... olive colored eggs.
I am thrilled with the color but my husband is repulsed and think they look un-appetizing. You will have to judge for yourself..... oh and just in case you are wondering.. olive eggs are just as delicious as all our eggs.
We are currently only getting 4 olive eggs a day.... so count yourself lucky if you find one in your carton.
We will be offering "Olive Egger" chicks next year... so if you love the olive colored eggs as much as I do... be sure to get on our wait list.