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Nov 18, 2020

And Then There Were Two!

 

And Then There Were Two!
We have a little bit of a warm-up and most of our snow is gone which is been nice. Gray today, windy, then thunder and lighting! We're prepping for Thanksgiving which should be fine hopefully! And now for the BIG news! And then there were two...


When I went out today I found Sunny, our flying chicken, sitting in the nesting box area with an egg between her legs! Since she is a Brown Leghorn she has white eggs which I've actually never had before. All of my previous hens had brown eggs. She also has one BIG comb on top! It's redder in real life, just the lighting. I found out that's a genetic thing with this breed. I suspect that the other chicken who's been laying last week is my red Sex Link Debbie, far right-


I happened to find her in the coop near a fairly warm eggs, so I suspect it was her but hard to tell. Since I have three new hens I should start seeing three eggs a day soon, depending on how sensitive they are of the short days. Shorter days in the winter change hens hormones so that they lay less to conserve energy. My tow older hens may start laying again, but I'm not expecting that. This is one of the really great exciting things about doing Urban Homesteading!!! You put the time and energy into buying some little chicks, growing them to be healthy young hens and then they start laying fresh eggs for you. It all pays off. Hopefully this flock of five will continue to do well. So far they have really been a good combination and they all hang out together nap together and groom together. I think they have figured out the pecking order! Happy times! 

4 comments:

Goatldi said...

Isn’t it great when a plan comes together?

Good chicken Ma!

Susan said...

I have a brown leghorn (Rhubarb) and she has been a consistent layer of white eggs for the past five years! Unfortunately, most of my girls are getting up there (like their mother), so eggs are few/none and far between/never during the fall/winter. Congratulations on your bounty!

Nancy @ Little Homestead In Boise said...

Yes it takes a while but we are finally getting there!

Nancy @ Little Homestead In Boise said...

Thanks! Yes my two older hens will be seven next spring and maybe done laying although I have said that before. It'll be nice to have fresh eggs again for sure especially going into winter. They also do such a great job eating bugs and stuff

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