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Saturday, October 18, 2008

Very Exciting Chicken Update -


The darling chickens are 5 1/2 months old. The daylight is getting shorter, and the night temperatures are dropping. The leaves are turning color and the garden is winding down. For many chickens this signals a hiatus in their egg laying.


But look! Despite all the autumnal signals, one of the three 'babies' has just laid her first-ever egg! It is small and white and perfect. (Which is somewhat surprising, since none of the three types of chicken I have is supposed to lay white eggs. Ameraucanas lay blue or green. Barred Rocks lay medium brown and Wyandottes lay pale rosy to mid-brown. The mystery of Pearl, the grey and white maybe-not Wyandotte strikes again!)

I am tickled. Chickens also generally don't start laying much before they hit 6 months old.

So I feel doubly excited. Egg for breakfast?

10 comments:

Jennifer Rose said...

Scrambled eggs or an omelet? would be one small omelet though lol

PG said...

Oh, how exciting! They must be happy. I bet that is the best egg you ever had.

Christine Mercer-Vernon said...

i remember the tiny little eggs our chickens would lay their first time. we were always so excited to find one, they were so cute. how exciting. their feathers look so beautiful, i remember how soft they were.

andrea said...

Very exciting! ANd why am I not surprised that your girls are such an artistic trio. They complement each other beautifully.

June said...

It still feels like finding pure treasure to me, when I find an egg in golden straw. My girls are quite old now, but we still get the occasional egg gift, all the more treasured.

Vickie said...

Such beautiful chickens! My sister has some that I think lay a deep brown and then also others that lay green and blue eggs. How fun. You must have some happy girls!

moreidlethoughts said...

It happens sometimes, Tara. Personally, I don't really care about the "why" I am always so thrilled at a first egg!Even if I have to wait til spring for the next one!
And my! what super comfrey they have to pick at.

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

A sign that your chickens are happy as well as beautiful! May we all be so lucky.

Jennifer said...

I love that chickens are so visually varied. You have a beautiful group! :-)

cinderelly said...

they are so cute! me and my daughter were talking about getting some chickens for eggs recently!