Wednesday, August 6, 2008


I had to laugh when I walked into the chicken pen this morning. These two banty hens are some of the oldest and the only ones laying eggs right now. I guess the bigger hens have used up their allotment of eggs and now their main job seems to be just eating as much as they can! What you can't see in the picture is that these girls are surrounded by empty nest boxes. I'm not sure why, but this is the one box that seems to be favored by all the old hens. They all laid their eggs in this particular box, and if one of them happened to be broody and wanting to sit on the nest full time, why the rest would just climb in on top of her and lay their eggs anyway. It will be interesting to see what the new chickens do, once they start laying.

We've gotten so spoiled with having fresh eggs, I can't seem to make myself buy the ones in the grocery. In order to use the banty eggs in cooking, I measured them by weight and volume and discovered that two banty eggs equals one large regular egg. So we are just hanging on here, waiting for the new chickens to get with the program.

1 comment:

  1. I keep thinking any day now my chickens will start laying, but nothing yet. Hopefully soon!