Sunday, February 17, 2013

A late layer

 We've waited, and waited, and waited. "When is she going to start? She's 8 months old already!"; we locked her in the coop for a week, under suspicion that she is hiding her eggs in some remote spot. After the week was over we gave up, let her out, and decided she will make up her mind to lay eventually.

And so she did... today, I saw her walking all over the yard with our rooster, while he showed her all the usual laying spots, describing their advantages in a soft clucking voice. It was so funny; they were like a house-shopping couple. "No, honey, I want windows that face south!"
And finally, I found the first egg from her right in the middle of the yard! It's a lovely extra-large cream-colored egg. You can see it in the middle. On one side of it is a White Leghorn egg; on the other, a smallish one I got from my pretty Israeli hen.

I love my chickens. They are so cute, and provide hours of enjoyable observation!

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

House shopping. LOL

Lanita said...

We have chickens too. We find them to be one of the best sources of entertainment. We don't need a television, we just watch our chickens.

Anonymous said...

I wanted to let you know we got our chicks! We got 3 Buff Orpingtons, 4 Plymouth Barred Rocks and 1 Aracana (who is said to lay very pretty green and blue eggs). I'm wondering at what age you generally move yours from inside to outside? Ours are about 4 weeks old now, but their outside coop isn't quite finished yet.

BeckyT

Leah Brand-Burks said...

If she's going to lay whopper beauties like that one, surely it was worth the wait! :-D

Mrs. Anna T said...

Becky, you are SO lucky! I'd LOVE to get some Orpingtons and Plymouth Rocks, but they are so expensive in Israel, you can't imagine. Even an egg for hatching, say, a pure-bred Plymouth Rock, is around 10$.


As to moving from inside to outside, it depends on the weather, size of chicks, how robust they are, etc. Last time, in the summer, we moved them at around 2 months old, I think. We did it gradually. At first we let them scratch around the yard during the day (obviously you have to supervise if you have cats around!) and bring them back in at dusk. Then we move them to a little transitional coop (we'll have to fix it up for our next chicks), to let the older birds get used to the sight and smell of the newbies. A couple of weeks later we let them out to run with the flock, and usually they'll settle on their own to sleep in the adult coop with everyone else. This is what we have done until now, anyway, and it has worked well.

Good luck with your chicks!

Mrs. Anna T said...

Leah, the first eggs are supposed to be on the small side compared to what the chicken will lay later, so I'm really excited to see what we'll get from her next! :o) An egg to make an omelet for the whole family??