Friday, July 6, 2012

Eggciting!

Waaayyy back in September last year, I bought four day old chicks to put under my broody hen Melanie (now deceased a la fox). The only remaining chick (her three siblings are now deceased a la fox) is now of lady laying age after, ohh - lets see - 11 MONTHS! That't the way it rolls in Araucana land apparently!

But now, finally, I get my wish for colourful egg cartons!




The spotty eggs are by my Barnevelder hen, the darker brown by my commercial red hen (New Hampshire, Rhode Island cross) and the paler solid pinky egg by my Sussex mongrel (mystery cross with a Sussex).

I gotta say, egg colour genes are supremely fascinating... I have mighty plans for my girls this spring with a view to expand the flock with more colourful egg layers thanks to my blue gene rooster Zorro. Bring on the spring time and more chicken adventures! Sans fox of course, this time.

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  1. Sounds like Zorro is going to have his hands full! I think I need to get a Barnvelder...love those spotted googies. Most of my flock is striped now because of the Plymouth Rock daddy. I think I am going to take him up the road and get something else. Mmmm! I wonder how a barnvelder rooster would go? Do you have any ideas, Ms Ballynoe?

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    1. He sure is Hazel!!! One lucky boy indeed!

      I don't know about the spots being a consistent thing with Barnevelders... They are supposed to lay dark browns with no mention of spotting! I know she lays them because I have seen her in action - but otherwise its a mystery. I think I'm going to have to make up a chicken / egg colour chart me thinks. They are supposed to be a docile breed, and dual purpose and the boys are very pretty! I got Gerty from Abundant Layers in Emerald.

      I reckon you should get another Lavender boy or just wait till my girls give us Lavender crosses BECAUSE THEN YOU GET THE BLUE GENE!!!!!!!!!!!

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  2. Lovely colours. As much as I love free range eggs, I couldn't deal with losing them. Although there aren't any foxes, we do have resident eagles and other hawks.

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    1. We have ours in a chicken fortress Hazel because of the foxes... I'm sure you'd be able to construct a FABULOUS run to match the hut! Its hard loosing them if you become attached, but circle of life and all that. We can only do our best to protect them! They certainly make the BEST composting material that veggies and flowers LOVE!

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  3. Your eggs look beautiful Phoebe, lovely variety in the colours! Fresh eggs are hard to beat :)

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  4. ooh good luck Phoebe! the eggs are gorgeous and well worth the wait. Hasta la vista la fox. cheers Wendy

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    1. Thanks Wendy, fingers crossed that foxy loxy doesn't come back!

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  5. Rearing your own chicks will be exciting.

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  6. Hooray!! My araucanas are still off the lay. They were so good up until a month ago then all egg production ceased. Only the welsummer is laying now and sometimes big fat Matilda the Sussex. Working on a chook fortress too so the hens can stop trashing my Vegie beds!!

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    1. I love the colour of your eggies! I can't find anyone that has non lavender Araucanas, id love some, do you know where I can get some?

      I LOVE SUSSEX CHICKENS!!!!

      I'd love to see your chicken fortress plans!

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  7. Your eggs are beautiful. We are half way through(actually probably less than half way)building a chook house and it is going slowly. Looking forward to having some hens...eventually.

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    1. OOhh Liz, how exciting! Are you going to blog it?

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  8. Oh yes Phoebe,they certainly are very colourful eggs. Ours are a bit slow at laying at the moment, probably because it is too cold...

    We have four new little chickens, hopefully more hens this time :) There are three little white ones and a red/brown one. Not sure what breeds they are as the eggs came from my mum. They are large white chooks, possibly Leghorn and the red one I pressume could be a Rhode Island Red :)

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    1. Good luck with the chicks Tania! They are so much fun!

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  9. Lovely clutch of eggs ............. such a good idea having different breeds, you know who's laying and who's not.

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  10. Ooh coloured eggs, they look so pretty. Now if there was a breed that laid bright pink ones I might be able to entice Miss Three to eat them.... actually who am I kidding, she would just SAY she wanted them and then refuse the food once on her plate. I'm looking forward to hearing about your chicken breeding adventures later in the year.

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  11. Phoe, it's probably the most excited I have ever experienced someone with their chickens' eggs. If I didn't know you I'd say that you've gone completely clucky ... but, they are some nice looking eggs and you should be proud. I'm thinking omelette!

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  12. "E" is for Eccentric and Excited Egg-lady Eagerly Extrapolates Egg-related Excellence at Every Egg Event!!!

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  13. Ooo the speckled ones make me think of my freckles!!

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  14. PHOEBE! You absolutely must do a post for August. I miss one and this is an excuse to get you to come out and say Hi! x

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