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Who laid the funny little brown egg?

This afternoon we went down to clean the chickens out and we looked in the nest box for the eggs and we saw this multi coloured selection of eggs.

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Amongst the normal range of colours of eggs was this one little olive brown egg -very strange.  We are wondering which hen laid that one.  We do have a couple of French Copper Maran hens that are coming to maturity but they are supposed to lay chocolate brown eggs.  I don’t think this girl had her pantone colour checker out when she laid this one!!  It looks more like it came out of the other end!!  Oh well – I shall put it on the rack and I’m sure when I crack it open it will be the same colour inside!!

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Update on the chickens

Yesterday we noticed that one of the Black Rocks was standing all puffed up and on her own and not going for food when it was thrown.  Neil picked her up and it was like she was sick, so we separated her from the others, in the old hen house.  A local farmer’s wife had told us that if a chicken gets sick, feed it through a syringe with a little Beechams Powder.  So we mixed some up and tried that.  She seemed to perk up a bit in the evening, but when I went down to let the chickens out this morning she was dead.  So Neil put her body out in the woods for the fox to take away.  Better he has the dead chickens than the live ones.

At the same time Mrs Speckledy has gone broody again.  It is the same hen that went broody about this time last year.  She was hogging the nest box and the other hens were picking on her as they didn’t like that.  So we cleaned out the old hen house, put down lovely new straw in the nest box and transferred her in so she could have the nest box all to herself.  Then this afternoon we went to Pure Poultry in Horton and picked up 11 fertilised eggs for her to sit on.  Pure Poultry only sells pure breed hens and eggs and we walked round the pens picking the eggs from different types of hens.  I wish I could remember them all, there were some Brahmas, Buff Sussex, Marans and several other breeds that I am going to have to look up in a book to remember.

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As you can see some of the eggs are really dark brown and some white and some inbetween. We bought 10 eggs and he popped another one in for luck.  It will be fun to see what chicks hatch and what they grow into.  All Mrs Speckledy has to do now is sit on them for 21 days and we have to watch this space!!

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The hens are a funny bunch

The hens are a funny bunch.  We have conditioned them like Pavlov’s Dog, so that when they hear our feet on the gravel outside the back door, they think it means we are coming to see them with food and they rush down the field, wings flapping, running madly and wait at the fence edge nearest to us.

hens waiting for food by the fence
At lunch time we throw them bread and corn and they go mad for it, especially the bread. They pick up one piece and run off with it, so none of the others can have it, eat it , and then come back for another piece. When all the bread is gone they start on the corn.  They  have “layers pellets” on free demand 24/7 in the hen house, so they can get those at any time.

Hens pecking at bread and corn

 
Unfortunately they poop in the nest box too, so we have to clear the poop out everyday, but sometimes the eggs are a bit dirty on the outside.  We get all shades of brown, including pinky brown, and then one white and one blue from our 2 cream legbars.  All these lovely eggs for our B&B guests’ breakfasts.

Eggs in the nest box

 
 
Today we got 12 eggs from them, but the other day it was 14 which is our record from 16 hens.  I love going down to the nest box and peering inside to say what they have laid us.  
14 eggs laid the other day

The other funny thing about the hens is when they to go to sleep. They take themselves up into the hen house at dusk and we have 4 perches in there for them.  But they don’t stand 4 to a perch, they huddle up together and some go in the nest box and about 7 squeeze together on the first perch and the rest behind.  I think they huddle together to keep warm, but they do look funny.

 

The hens all huddled together at night

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