I had been hoping that hens would have ventured outside today, but nope, they’re still indoors. The little hatch is open, they occasionally peek out, but no one is feeling brave enough to go down that ramp.
I’ve been impatient to show you photos and do official presentations, so I did what I could, in the confines of the coop . . . not how I had planned on doing things, but it’s better than no photos at all. Several people have asked what breed of hens I was getting. I have bought “hybrid” light-weight laying hens from a local breeder. They’re just “normal” egg-laying hens – no pedigrees. While I could classify them, after looking at photos in my books, as Rhode Island, Black Rock, and Marans-Cuckoo, I’m not sure if they really are ^^ Anyway, hens are all 20 weeks old.
First, please meet Miranda – she’s our red hen, with black tail
She is the one who laid the first egg, in the travel box, on Thursday. She seems very laid back and has let me stroke her. I was amazed at how soft & silky her feathers her.
Then there is Miss Marple – our black hen with copper feathers around the neck
and Miss Moneypenny – a hybrid Marans-Cuckoo, so we won’t be getting any dark chocolate coloured eggs, I don’t think ^^
Anyway, while the girls don’t want to venture outside, we have had the pleasure of collecting three eggs in 24 hours – yay! Miranda’s egg on Thursday and the two other eggs yesterday. Here they are . . .
from left to right: Miranda’s slightly speckled egg (51g) , Miss Moneypenny’s contribution in the middle, is darker than the others (49g) and Miss Marple’s egg on the right (45g). LOL, yes I weighed the eggs ^^ It will be interesting to see how much size/weight increases as the hens mature.