Two years ago today, the new girls arrived.
A box of cuteness.
Now they are all grown up. And as the weather warms, and the days grow longer, egg production is in full swing. So I thought it was was time to again introduce you to the girls and give them a little credit for the delicious eggs that so many enjoy.
Sadly, we lost Rowena and Jasmine last Fall.
They are buried here, next to the big run. I planted flowers and we now have The Rowena/Jasmine Garden.
It is a shady corner..close to everyone.
But everyone else is happy, healthy and laying. Even Beatrix, who turned seven in May, is laying. We get 4-5 eggs a day.
If everyone lays we get two blue and four brown eggs.
So whose is whose? Well, each egg, like each hen, is different. It is easy to tell whose egg you are eating.
Beatrix, our matriarch, is an Americana. She lays blue eggs. I can tell her eggs, because, as the queen, she only lays in the perfect nesting box. So a blue egg, there is hers.
Her eggs have a slight green hue as well.
Blossom is an Easter Egger and also lays blue eggs, She will lay anywhere but prefers the nesting boxes with curtains.
Her eggs are a bluer blue than Beatrix’s.
Everyone else lays brown eggs but they are all different.
Keara is an Australorp. She lays the darkest eggs.
She also announces to the world that she has laid an egg. She is very proud!
Hermine is a Golden Wyandotte. Her eggs are the smallest and distinctly pointed.
It is always easy to tell which eggs are hers.
Lucinda is a Barred Plymouth Rock.
Her eggs often have freckles…but not always.
Marigold is a Buff Orpington. She loves sitting on eggs in the nesting box. She likes to gather up any eggs that are there and sit on them all. She takes her time laying an egg and is not in a hurry to leave the eggs behind.
Her eggs are the palest with a bit of a pink hue to them at times.
And what do the girls do when they are not laying eggs?
One thing they all love is their morning oatmeal.
In the hot weather I just soak the oats, but if it is a chilly morning I will make them oatmeal.
I add a little cinnamon and sometimes cayenne pepper. It sound awful, but apparently they can’t taste the heat of the pepper and it is good for their respiratory health.
I add all sorts of goodies to their oatmeal. Sunflower and flax seeds, dried or fresh herbs, blueberries (or strawberries or raspberries when they are in season) coop kelp and brewers yeast with garlic (supplements from Lisa Steele of Fresh Eggs Daily) and of course, their favorite, yogurt. The oats, like everything else they eat, are organic.
When not eating they are busy in their run.
Roosting is always nice, especially on rainy days. Lucinda has always liked to roost as high as possible.
There are stumps to stand on.
Worms to find.
And on a sunny day, dust baths to take.
Or you can just watch the world go by.
The straw is very comfy if you just want to take a rest.
Just hanging out in the tunnel that connects the big and small runs is a favorite thing to do. It is a good place to watch to see if I am bringing any treats.
Which, of course, I do…the pampered princesses of Cluckingham Palace get many treats….
…They are happy hens!
Cluckingham Palace and the little run.
The connecting tunnel.
The big run.