|First egg from this year's chicks|
Our home hatched chicks made their appearance last June 19th. They, along with the 17 mail order chicks are now 5 months old.
|Two pullet eggs and two hen eggs. The medium size egg on the right|
is also a first timer's. I'll need to figure out who'e started laying.
I was very happy to see these. I've only been getting about an egg a day for weeks now, from our Buff Orpington hens. I still have four of my original hens (hatchery chicks from February 2010), but they haven't laid in a long time.
I'm not sure who laid them. All three of our pullet breeds, Buff Orpington, Silver Laced Wyandottes, and Speckled Sussex, are brown egg layers.
|One of my Buff pullets is actually only half Buff. I don't know who her|
mother is! Somehow I missed that when I gave Mama her eggs to set.
Of cockerels, we're down to three. They are all Wyandottes because Dan wants to stick with that breed, but we only need one. Two of them have divvied the hens up between them. One group roosts in the coop. The other in the cedar tree in the chicken yard, and the third rooster is the odd man out.
|Silver Laced Wyandotte cockerel|
The coop rooster has all the older hens. Unfortunately, he's the most aggressive. Hopefully if we keep one of the other roosters and all but the oldest hens, things will settle down and they'll all move into the coop for the winter! Of course, those are our plans, which the chickens may or may not agree with. We'll just have to wait and see.