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COOP News Vol. 5 No. 3, February 2011

COOP Newsletter February 2011

Well, Happy Winter all you COOPers!

First of all, let me say that I have been very lax about COOPing this winter. My mom is in hospice care in Baltimore and I have been spending lots of energy worrying about her and my dad, and lots of time driving up and down I-95.

That being said, I'm happy to say that the hens are laying again after an almost complete work stoppage in October and November when all 17 molted. We had only 19 eggs in November! However, we are back up and running (although down to 16) but had 109 eggs in January (on par with last January).

I'm a scientist at heart and have been tracking every egg laid, its color, who laid it (if known) and for awhile I was weighing them as well. This has been going on since the first leghorn egg laid during Hurricane Hannah in September 2008. I spent time yesterday entering all the info into a spreadsheet and generating some graphs. I was able to come up with the average number of eggs laid per hen per month and then graphed it by month. It was fun to see the seasonal fluctuation. I've attached my graphs if anyone is interested.

Does anyone else keep track?

Date# Hens*# EggsAvg # Eggs/Hen
Sep-0811515
Oct-0834013
Nov-08711116
Dec-08712017
Jan-0977411
Feb-0979614
Mar-09712718
Apr-09611419
May-0966711
Jun-0966010
Jul-091312410
Aug-091319715
Sep-091315212
Oct-091315212
Nov-09131159
Dec-0913947
Jan-10151077
Feb-101520314
Mar-101524616
Apr-101322517
May-101325319
Jun-101320716
Jul-101419914
Aug-101720112
Sep-101716210
Oct-1017543
Nov-1017191
Dec-1016875

* "# Hens" = full count as soon as any one of the new hens starts laying; losses accounted for the month after the loss, so if in January 1 of 3 new hens start laying the count goes up 3 for January. If a hen dies in January the count goes down by one in February

COOP TABLE AT WHITEMARSH ECO-FEST FEB 3

I was approached a few months ago about whether COOP would like to have a table at Plymouth Whitemarsh's ECO-Fest. Of course I said Yes! and then never got around to spreading the word. Doug and I and Heidi and Elizabeth plus Ishtar the Buff Orpington and Uma the Americauna spent from 4 hours explaining all about backyard chicken keeping. We had a table, some literature, a laptop with chicken pictures and the two girls. It went well and was a lot of fun, but the hens were a little worse for the wear since it went from 5 to 9pm. They were sleepy.

SPRING CHICKS

Is anyone ordering chicks? Heidi and I may be putting in an order for dark cornish in a few weeks. If you are wanting to or planning to place an order please let the group know.

COOP PARTY

Tanya was asking about our annual COOP party. I think Tanya and Sherri Klein are working on a date in March for everyone to get together. Stay tuned!

SOUTH PHILLY CHICKS

At the ECO-Fest I met Jennifer DeHuff who is now very interested in keeping chickens. She lives in South Philly with a concrete yard and would like to get in touch with other Philly chicken raisers. Email Jennifer at jdehuff@journalregister.com.

SOCIAL CHICKEN NETWORKING

There is a group on Facebook called Chicken Friends that some other COOPers have joined if you want to connect up there. Also, I started a Yahoo Group called coop_philly but there hasn't been a lot of buy-in and I don't have time right now to manage it, but if people do, please sign up here.

NEED SOME HELP

I need some help during this time with my family. Can someone take over the COOP email list for awhile? If so, please email me at coop.philly@gmail.com.

Thanks and happy chickens!

~3:^ Nancy