A Veritable Rainbow!

13 08 2013

I’ve been a bit delinquent in posting about our backyard chickens!
It’s been 8 whole weeks since our first hen began laying and our hold-out hen started laying on the 4th of July.
We are getting 3-4 eggs a day at this point – enough that we’ve started bartering with friends for homemade bread, etc. It’s magical I tell you – having fresh eggs. This last weekend the variation in colors blew me away, it was practically a rainbow of eggs!

8.11.13 eggs

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Egg update

24 06 2013

It’s been almost a week since our first hen began laying. We’ve had six beautiful blue eggs from her and yesterday our sliver laced wyandotte layed her first egg! I snapped a quick pic with the two laying hens and each of their first eggs.

6.23.13 eggs

The eggs are still a little on the small side, but I’ve already seen an increase in size from our ameraucana over the last week. It’s quite a delight to watch the hens settle into the nest to lay the eggs, adjusting the nesting material to suit their needs.

I’m a little surprised our buff orpington isn’t laying, as she’s the oldest in the flock by two weeks. She’s not showing any signs of laying anytime soon either. Maybe she’s just a bit of a late bloomer?





Happy Spring! (And a chicken update.)

31 03 2013

After two weekends in a row of spring snow storms we finally had a sunny spring weekend, and I celebrated by letting the pullets out for some sunshine. Pullet is the name for a hen before she begins laying. Tiki, pictured below, is 9 weeks now.

Tiki

They all enjoyed exploring the yard, pecking and scratching in the dirt, and sunning under their wings. After the intrepid explorers had their fill they settled in for a sunny nap, showing off their natural camouflage.

Happy spring from Vindaloo, Korma, Tandoori and Tiki! (Can you find all four?)





The chicks are growing!

5 03 2013

 And boy are they are growing fast!

chicks on 3.1.13

That’s our 7 week old Buff Orphington Korma in the middle. She’s flanked by our two 6 week old Ameraucanas/Eater Eggers, Tandoori on the left and Vindaloo is on the right. Tandoori is normally such a camera-whore I can’t believe she shunned the camera for this shot! We also have a 5 week old Silver Laced Wyadotte, not pictured. They are really showing their individual personalities now! Each one has their own ‘voice’ and I look forward to how they continue to develop.

The 4 of them are getting pretty big for the small cage I’ve set up for their brooder, and I hope weather will permit me to put them out in the coop in about 3 week’s time. Korma could go out sooner, but I don’t want to separate them so I’m waiting for Tiki to fully feather before putting the group outside.

I’ve also discovered treats that they like, and others they couldn’t care less about. Currently, apple and fennel greens are the winners. Freeze dried meal worms (much to my surprise) are the losers.

I have to say, I’ve spent way too much time just watching them go about their daily business – it’s delightfully meditative and entertaining!





Backyard Chickens!

4 02 2013

Or at least they will be come summer! For now, I have chicks.

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In fact, I have four. Our little flock is comprised of two Ameraucanas (who lay blue eggs!), one Buff Orpington, and one Silver Laced Wyandotte. If all goes well, they should be laying by June and I’ll have more fresh eggs than I know what to do with. I’ll also have fresh manure for my vegetable garden and the very best pest control mother nature offers! Not too mention, endless entertainment. I’ll be posting about this new adventure regularly and passing on what I’ve learned for those interested in backyard chickens.








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