Finally, at about 30-31 weeks old, one of my young Easter Egger chickens is laying eggs. She’s laying one every other day or so, as most newbie chickens will. The color is so pretty, and they have a very delicate shape, long and skinny. Here is her first egg pictured next to my faithful Phoenix’s Extra Large brown egg (Phoenix is a Hubbard’s Golden Comet, and lays an egg every day, sometimes two!)
Easter Eggers are basically mutts, derived from a cross of any chicken with an Araucana chicken, though some people are trying to develop them into a recognized breed. Araucanas lay blue/green eggs, and come from South America originally. EEs are generally a bit for hardy with less genetic anomalies, but their egg color can be unpredictable: you don’t know what color the eggs will be until they start laying. So I may get a pink, blue, green, brown or even cream colored egg from the other two. Time will tell
Most chickens begin laying between 16 and 24 weeks old. 30 weeks and up is very late blooming! But they come from good stock, so I am keeping the faith. At least, until thanksgiving anyways… Then we may be having chicken for dinner, lol.
This weekend we went to a local “Chickenstock” chicken swap. It was so much fun — and we came home with three new girls.
Ladyhawk, Hedwig, and Kiah are “Easter Eggers” that will start laying blue and green eggs in about two months. They are 13 weeks old. Ladyhawk is the buff with black markings, Hedwig is the white one (obvious to any Harry Potter fan) and Kiah is the buff with white, named by Lucas this morning.
Our other chicken, Phoenix, and Petunia the Poodle are fascinated by the new additions to the mountainside. Phoenix has been very lonely without her sister, but she is not entirely sure she wants new ones. Even our usually aloof cat Milo has been spotted perched on top of the coop watching them.
Cleo, our ever-elusive outdoor mini-panther is shown here in a rare photo-op. Can you find her?