Some people (namely a few family members) think I’ve got a screw loose where my hens are concerned. Who’d have thought, a few years ago, that I would be getting so much joy out of hen-keeping?
We bought our 3 gals in May 2015, as 20 week old “on the point of lay” hens, which makes them just over 2 years old today. They’re just your ordinary laying hens. Miranda is a Red hen; Miss Marple a Black & Tan; Miss Moneypenny a hybrid Marans-Cuckoo. I had read that a hen can be a prolific layer for the first year, with up to 300 eggs, and that production then dwindles. This is part of the reason I keep tabs on who lays what. I’m interested to know who is laying, and it’s become a daily routine to collect eggs, clean the coop, chat to the gals, and comment on their beautiful eggs.
Anyway . . . today being 31st, it was time to tot up eggs for December. The best layer this month is Miranda with 25 eggs, while Miss Marple & Miss Moneypenny are in joint second with 23 each. That’s 71 eggs which have come in very useful this month for pavlova, chocolate mousse, chocolate GF cake (twice) and soft-boiled eggs for breakfast, amongst other things.
While totting up figures, I was curious to see how my hens did over the full year. Which is where my previous articles come in handy (quick scroll back in archives and some maths) . . . then drum roll . . .
In 2016, therefore 366 days, since it was a Leap Year . . . Miss Moneypenny (on right in first photo) laid 202 eggs. Miranda (our red hen) laid 310 eggs . . . and (drum still rolling) . . . Miss Marple laid 320 eggs.
(photos taken during better weather)
That, my friends, is a lot of eggs, and sounds even more impressive when I realise that between the 3 of them, they laid 832 eggs during the year.