Just Clucking Around...
Little more than a week ago, one of my young hens Ruby (pictured above right) layed her first egg. I was so excited I spent that afternoon cleaning up the little chicken cottage and visiting with the girls looking for more eggs... Silly I am sure, but I couldn't help myself. I've spent many hours nurturing and socializing my chickens. They each hold a special place in my heart. I was one proud Grandma.
I was pretty surprised to find an egg so soon.
Pretty soon a few more hens began laying...
My husband loves the flavor of these deep yellow fresh free range eggs. They're so cute and tiny.
Peaches, the buff orpington in the above picture layed her first little egg today too. Woohoo! Queenie, my little rooster stands guard for every girl now as they sit in a nesting box clucking and working to lay those eggs. He really takes his job serious.
Some of our little hens started by laying their eggs on the run, literally. That's not good since it leads to broken eggs.
Jerry made me some wooden eggs and we put them inside the nestboxes. So far, so good. No more eggs on the run since we put the wooden eggs inside the boxes, but now we have a few gals that don't want to get off the nests all day long. Lol. I have to evict them after a while so they can go eat and drink.
Ruby and the rest of my brood were less than 18 weeks old when she started laying and they're 19 weeks old now and today I found SEVEN cute little newby eggs. It's a new record. We seem to have a new layer each day. One of my new layers today was a tiny salmon favorelle.
|WWSF Free Range Eggs|
After a visit to our veterinarian two weeks ago we began adding some supplements to our hens diet after learning that our little rooster Queenie had cataracts. The vet informed us that it's not that uncommon for a Vitamin E deficiency to lead to cataracts, especially among rooster populations. So, we went to the local feed store and bought everything we could find with the vitamins our vet recommended, Vitamins A and E. The supplements are loaded with nutrients and minerals.
I began adding them to the flock's feed and the Vitamin/Electrolytes powder to their water three days before Ruby started laying eggs. Though I do not know for sure, I am suspicious that these supplements may be atleast partially responsible for the fact that 7 of our 15 girls started laying in the last few days.
Have you had any experience with poultry nutritional supplements? If so, what was your experience? Good or bad? When do your new hens usually begin laying eggs?
I am a new chicken Mama and everything is school for me so far. I sure love these little chickens. They are the funniest little animals. So curious and cute to watch. I cannot help but laugh when I see one break into a run...
I hope your weekend is relaxing and that next week is a good one for you.
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