Monday, July 3, 2017

New layers

After our flock was decimated by the neighbor's rottie, we got new chicks as soon as Orscheln's started chick days in March. Eighteen in all, six each of Buff Orpingtons, Dominiques, and Production Reds which are a cross of Rhode Island Reds and New Hampshires.
They are now roaming the yard with the survivors. So far it looks like only one new rooster, gonna name him John Podesta since the other two are Bill Clinton and Anthony Weiner. If you've ever been around chickens, you know exactly why. Of the rest, one is definitely a hen.
We got our first confirmed egg from this batch last night, and another today.  All day yesterday they were tearing up the yard, we would hear cackling that resembled a HiLlARy stump and immediately a hen would be sprinting across the yard with three roosters in hot pursuit.
My photo doesn't do them justice, the two in the middle are less than a third the size of the other eggs. Still good eating, you just need more of them. When the old birds began laying I doubled my intake. I am back down to four at a sitting.
Several of the Reds don't like going in the coop because the roosters have an orgy at sundown. I had the same problem last year with the Buff Orpingtons. They took to roosting in the garage or the car port.
I feel a chocolate cake coming on.

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