Can you guess what this Wyandotte hen is doing? Yep! Laying eggs. We now have at least half our hens laying! Notice there’s a line forming behind the nest… another Wyandotte is waiting her turn. We have three nests for 12 hens since they tend to share anyway.
They are laying small eggs, but we’ve had a few that were normal sized – including one really large double-yolker! These were some from the very beginning … and I don’t have very big hands!
Our biggest haul for a single day was 8 eggs, but most days we have been getting 6.
We are now down to 15 chickens. Dave took most of the roosters up to an Amish family at the end of July. The roosters were getting mean and aggressive – not just to the poor hens that were barely able to leave the roosts before being “attacked”, but a few were even following and “playing” with Dave. At first we thought it was cute until we realized that they were seeing him as a threat (or maybe another hen LOL).
Our 12 hens:
- Henrietta, Cordelia, Gertie (Buff Orpington)
- Faith, Hope and Charity (Silver-laced Wyandotte)
- Babs, Opal, Ruby (Barred Rock)
- Precious (Speckled Sussex; we thought was an Ancona)
- Prissy … as in “Miss Prissy” from Foghorn Leghorn (White Rock)
- Dorcas (Welsummer?)
and 3 Roosters
- Silas (White Rock) – crows up a storm every morning
- Barney (Barnevelder?) – still silent
- Ludwig (White-Crested Black Polish) – starting to crow; still smaller than all the rest but his “crown” is starting to grow back in now that other roosters aren’t constantly pecking at him
I would remember the names better if Dave didn’t keep changing them on me! I think he’s settled now on names, but I’m still trying to adjust.