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Welcome 2021: First Egg Drop, First Pickup, Egg Cartons

2021 is upon us, and I think we all hope it will be a much better year than 2020.

One thing we know is that the need for food in our community isn't going away anytime soon.

So, it felt good to do our first drop off of the year. It was only four and a half dozen eggs, but it's the first of what will hopefully be a LOT of eggs this year.

The days are already getting noticeably longer, and it won't be too long before the new additions to the flock start laying.

In preparation for them laying, we've started doing a little work on the nest boxes in the big coop - more to do but we have a plan in place, anyway.

Also in preparation for them starting to lay, and us getting what should be a LOT more eggs, I was happy to discover that while making a food waste pickup today that the food pantry can leverage their network to get basically as many egg carton's donated as we need.

I went home from our first pickup of the year the other day with an armful of cartons, and they had more in stock and can get more. This is amazing - I was a little worried about how we'd keep up.

Speaking of the first food waste pickup of the year, the flock was thrilled by it. With the holidays, quarantine to stay safe for the holidays, a snowstorm that left us with 8-10" of snow for the better part of a week, it'd been a while since I was able to get any food waste.

The flock went crazy for the food, and I'm excited to get back into the swing of pickups...doing some good by helping the pantry cut their trash hauling fees, keeping a lot of waste out of the landfill, and saving a lot of money on chicken feed.

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