While we have raised meat birds for the past four years in a row, and have, therefore, had baby chicks pretty much from April to August every year, we haven't had any new laying hens for a couple of years. While the ladies outside are still giving us a couple of eggs per day, production has really sloughed off, and during the winter, especially, we had a couple of months where we were lucky to get 30 eggs for the whole month.
Right now, in the middle of the peak egg-production season, we're averaging three a day from our seven egg layers (which includes the two ducks, of which only one is laying).
So, we figured it was time to get a few more hens. They came in today, and we stopped by the feed store to pick them up. I'd forgotten how adorably different from the meat birds the laying hens are.
We ordered five new hens this year, and we were very careful about the breeds we ordered. Three of the five are winter layers and all of them are very cold hardy.
We're going to have all colors of eggs - although most of them are some shade of brown.
And they are the cutest, most adorable creatures on earth.
I love my chickens, and I'm incredibly thankful that I don't have to break the law to keep them. Life is so much more interesting with them in the backyard.
The laying hens are named.
The Delaware is Martha Washington Crossed the Delaware.
The Jersey Giant is Lillith.
The Australorp is the Amazing Egg Machine.
The Easter Egger is Echo.
And the Silver Laced Wyandotte is Missy.
Welcome to Chez Brown, ladies ;).