Folks, raising chickens is all about the eggs. And I ain’t got no eggs.
All the guides say that chickens begin laying eggs from 4 to 6 months old. Well, two of my lovely chickens are now 4 1/2 months old and still no eggs. The anticipation is literally killing me. I check multiple times a day. I added in these wooden eggs so they know where to lay when the time is right. I sing to them. I even talk baby chicken talk to them…and still no eggs.
I am worried that my chickens are the ones who wait until 6 months to start laying. Do you think it’s just too hot?
The chickens have been getting noisier though. Yippeee (said sarcastically). The past few days I have heard some loud squaking coming from the coop. As soon as I hear it I come a runnin’ thinking…”Oooooh…is she laying an egg?” Nope. She is just being noisy. I am worried the neighbors can hear the squak noises and are silently grumbling.
I know, a watched pot never boils. And for this reason I am sure a watched chicken never lays. I should just calm down and stop checking so often…but I am just too excited! It’s like a little kid at Christmas…waiting for my special present. Sigh..
Okay enough about those eggs. Lets talk about how the chickens are looking and growing. These girls are getting plump!
This is my daughter holding Ginger the Buff Orpington. I had to enlist the help of my kids to hold the chickens so I could actually take a picture of them. As soon as I bring out the camera the chickens take off runnin’. And all I get are shots of them running away or bums in the air.
Having a helper has it’s perks, but also it’s disadvantages. I am sure Ginger did NOT think this was funny… 😉
Ginger the Buff Orpington is our most tame and gentle chicken. I can literally just walk right up to her and she will let me pet her back feathers and pick her up. All the other chickens run away when my hand gets close. This is why Ginger holds a big spot in all our hearts. We all adore her.
Lacey our Silver Laced Wyandottte is probably our most beautiful chicken. Her feathers…just gorgeous!
She is the biggest chicken of all so far and at the head of the pecking order. Her WATTLE is coming in nicely. I used to think wattles on chickens were scary before I raised chickens. I have no idea why, but I didn’t like that red color. It looked weird. But now I think they are kind of interesting and cute. And I get to touch them too without screaming and running in the other direction. They feel like a human ear to me. Anyone else have a better way to describe how they feel?
Pepper, our Barred Rock is still a very sweet girl. However I think she is at the end of the pecking order and doesn’t get to hang out with the other 3 “cool” kids as much. Most of us know what it’s like to not be part of the “in” group…it stinks. So every once in awhile I give her special treats. And I keep a close eye on her just in case too.
Goldie, our Golden Laced Wyandotte is also getting so beautiful! Love her colors – she is still our most timid and shy chicken. It’s hard to catch her, but once you do she is quiet and gentle.
Overall I am still so very happy I made the decision to raise backyard hens. Even though I still don’t have eggs. Even though I have spent way too much on my chicken coop, and know that I will never be able to make enough eggs to pay for it, I am grateful for this learning experience for me and my family.
I just wish those chickens would start laying those eggs!