Just when I’d started to think our chickens must be hiding their eggs (they’re still free-ranging all over the yard, so eggs could be anywhere), the girls went out this morning and found FIVE in the nesting boxes!  I’m pretty sure these are eggs from our Buff Orphingtons and Barred Rocks, because the Penedesencas will lay a dark brown egg, the Dorkings will lay white, and the Ameraucanas will lay blue (more on those breeds here.)  I’m hoping that this Spring we’ll be able to get an incubator and start hatching our own!

With the hens finally doing their jobs, we are now producing our own meat, milk (and milk products) and eggs!  And I haven’t given up on veggies yet… I found a few websites which lists things that can be grown in September, so if I can get my act together in the next few weeks, I’m going to see if I can get some things in the ground for a January harvest.

Very exciting!

For anyone interested, here are the websites I mentioned:

Seed Calendar – What to Plant Now.

Zone 6 Vegetable Planting Calendar

When to Plant Fall Vegetables in Zone 6

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2 Responses to Eggs!!!

  1. Connie says:

    Hi, Rina,
    I too have started to find eggs and I believe they are from the Buffs you gave us. I haven’t found any tiny ones that would indicate the Bantams have started and no blues yet so I’m sure yours are just a bit older than mine. It has made me so happy to start gathering our own. I thank the girls every time I collect one.

    • Rina says:

      That makes me so happy! The Ameraucanas are a little younger than the buffs (I think they’re about a month younger), we haven’t seen any blue eggs either. One of these days, when we’re all set up to breed them, I’ll send you home with some Penedesenca’s, if you want them (I’m about to write a blog post about them, which will tell you a little more about their personalities and habits…. if you like friendly chickens, you probably wouldn’t like these.) Anyway, they lay a BEAUTIFUL dark reddish-brown egg. I look forward to collecting those eggs every day!